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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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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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Art Therapy for Children with ADHD and Anxiety Disorders

Those of us who have children with ADHD or have worked professionally with children with this disorder know the challenges of trying to engage them in an activity that they can sustain AND use their minds purposefully. I have both; a son with this disorder and I have had clinical cases with this disorder. As a parent […]

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