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Social Stories and Art Therapy

Overview of Social Stories and Individuals with Autism Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental issues use Social Stories in order to better understand the nuances of interpersonal communication. Originally designed in 1991 by Carol Gray, Social Stories model appropriate social interaction by describing a situation with appropriate social cues, others perception, and […]

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ASD and Those Challenging Behaviors- How, Why and Help!

Raising a child who has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be so challenging; especially when they display behaviors that are hard to understand. It can be even more difficult to help your child if he or she is non-verbal. Challenging behaviors includes what would typically be considered physically aggressive acting out, excessive chewing or biting, hand flapping and more. Frustration […]

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Children with Autism and SPD: Behavior=Sensory=Behavior

Most children who are diagnosed on the autism spectrum have behavioral issues and sensory integration issues as well.  But when and how can we tell which is which? Well in a nut shell……you can’t and for the most part its usually one and the same!  Children with autism and special needs go through similar emotional […]

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“Look What I Did!” Developing a Child’s Artistic Skills in Art Therapy

  Art Therapy as opposed to Art Education generally emphasizes process over the finished art product.  We as art therapists are not instructors in artistic skills, but rather facilitators of artistic media to help clients express themselves and project internal issues in order to gain self awareness and insight. However, recent sessions with a client […]

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Family Art Therapy and the Child with Special Needs

Family members are not independent of one another. We need to view the family as a part of a system of specified relationships, adopted roles of behavior and unconscious and conscious rules of communication. In the case of a special needs child with limited communication skills, it is even more important to identify the dynamics […]

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Making Art Making Friends Children with ASD Facing Social Anxieties

Parents with Autistic children want to do everything they can to protect their child; especially when it comes to social situations. They avoid putting their children in circumstances that are frightening to their child. However, setting up a child in a therapeutic program that provides social opportunities will help them learn and grow. It is […]

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Art Therapy for Adolescents with Autism

  Description of the population There are major behavioral challenges with most typically developing adolescents.  However, when dealing with an adolescent with Autism even more behaviors can surface as their bodies, emotions and thoughts are changing and developing. When adolescents with Autism go through puberty, they have the same hormonal activity taking place as the […]

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The Power of Creative Play with ASD Children

Children with Autism have many challenges with socialization and communication. They find it extremely difficult to relate to others; especially to their peers.  Instead of playing with toys in imaginative ways (such as pretending a doll is really “my baby”) they may use toys for self-stimulation, perseverate on objects, and become entirely self-absorbed. For typical […]

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