This therapy uses art to treat physical and mental health problems. Art therapy may involve using:
Art therapists may also suggest ways to use art at home.
Art therapy may help your child:
Art therapy can be effective for children with autistic spectrum disorder.
Art therapy may be done one-on-one, or in a group. Your child doesn’t need any skills or experience in art. Working with an art therapist can help your child relax and focus on exploring and thoughts and feelings that he may not be able to put into words. The therapist may suggest that your child use a certain medium, such as clay or paints, based on goals for your child’s treatment.
Art therapy may be done alone, or as part of regular counseling sessions. Most art therapy sessions last from 60 to 90 minutes, but may be longer or shorter, depending on your child’s needs.
Art therapists may work with healthcare providers, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists. Ask questions and get referrals from people you know and trust. You could check with:
For more information, contact: