Art Therapy and Autism

Art therapy is a psychological discipline that specializes in using visual art making and the creative process to help clients bring about therapeutic change.


How can Art Therapy help children on the Autism Spectrum?

Each situation and family is unique but there are some common treatment goals that Art Therapists are best qualified to treat. These are:

Decrease family stress/distress associated with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (Asperger syndrome, Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), Rett syndrome, and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder.

Increase the quality of life

oAlleviating frustrations through art expression

Provide a therapeutic environment that is safe for Autistic clients to express their emotions through art making

Promote communication skills

Build relationships

oBy building a strong therapeutic relationship the client is able to practice skills that will translate outside of the art studio and into friendships

oIncrease social functioning

oBuilding family connections

  1. Decrease maladaptive behaviors

  2. Connect with the child in a meaningful way that will validate their experience.


Therapeutic treatment goals will be set according to your child’s specific needs, the goals of the family, and the expertise of the Art Therapist. I believe in a holistic approach, meaning that I am able to work with your child’s professional team (Behavioral Consultant, Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Behavioral Interventionist) to incorporate current goals and strategies set by your child’s team to help create a consistent and cohesive experience for your child.


Art Therapy for siblings of children on the Autism spectrum

Provide a safe and therapeutic environment in which the child can express themselves in a natural and non-threatening way.

Help them understand their own experience

Develop empathy, deepen awareness and understanding for their sibling

Build family bond


Ministry for Children and Family Development - Autism Funding Unit often provides funding for siblings of children on the Autism Spectrum (upon request by the parents).

Creating Connections for Children With Autism

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