COUNSELING FOR AUTISM
Creative arts therapy is especially therapeutic in providing a connection with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Drama therapy sessions are highly structured which is very supportive for clients with ASD, yet at the same time they are client-led. Going at the client’s own pace, interacting in the moment, and being led by the client’s preferences offers them a sense of empowerment and a time and space that is just for them. Working with the clients inner psychological needs, the drama therapist uses a range of art forms tailored to each individual client. Drama therapy is often a sensory experience and uses elements such as touch, sound and colours to engage the senses. These can be increased if a client requires a heightened sensory experience or decreased if the client has any sensitivity.
Drama and Movement therapy uses “movement with touch and sound”, an intensive interaction which can be very beneficial for those with ASD. This method is a non-verbal form of communication accessible to the client and on which relationships can be built, exploring new forms of emotional expression and ways of being. This can be particularly beneficial for those clients who are experiencing difficulty in their lives and may have trouble expressing it.
Drama therapy includes singing, rhythm and music which provide structure and an enjoyable creative outlet. Movement is particularly useful for those clients with ASD because it allows the clients to get a better sense of themselves in space and in relationship with the therapist. It allows the client to interact with the world physically and therefore explore how they fit in with their environment.
Using developmental movement techniques from Sherbourne, clients can experiment with a range of different relationship experiences with the therapist including “with”, “shared” and “against”. Exploring these different relationships through movement encourages the ability to build relationships and promotes eye contact within the therapy session itself, and this may transfer to the rest of the client’s life.
Play is another important element in Music and Art therapy, being essential to a child’s development and used in different ways throughout a child’s and adult’s life. The creative asrt therapist is able to work with play at whatever level the client requires, building yet further the experiences of the client.
The creative arts therapies give voice to children and families through expressive art materials, music, movement and role play. When words are not available for expression or communication of difficult feelings, the arts can speak instead. It is a language without words, offering a means for individualized and unique personal expression. Both the art itself and the process of creating art can provide children and families with a non-verbal avenue to communicate, problem solve, express self and emotions, and positively cope with difficult experiences and life changes.
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