Art as an Early Intervention Tool for Children with Autism

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jun 15, 2009 - Psychology - 160 pages
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The early years are the most critical period of learning for a child with autism. Therapeutic art-making can be a useful tool to tap into their imaginations and help them to express their thoughts and feelings. Art as an Early Intervention Tool for Children with Autism includes practical advice on helping a child move beyond scribbling, organizing the child's environment for maximum comfort and relaxation, and providing physical and sensory support. This book is packed with tips and suggestions for how to provide art therapy for children with autism — covering topics such as the basic materials required, safety issues, how to set up a workspace, and ideas for managing difficult behavior. The author writes from a professional and personal perspective — Nicole Martin is a qualified art therapist specializing in working with children with autism, and she also has a brother with autism. Perfect for busy parents and as a practical reference for professionals such as psychologists, teachers, occupational therapists, sensory integration therapists and anyone working with a child on the autism spectrum.
 

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Contents

Why I Wrote this Book
11
1 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders ASD
17
2 Integrating Art into Early Intervention Treatment
27
3 Characteristics of Artwork Made by Children with Autism
47
4 Why Art Projects Are Beneficial
65
5 Tools of the Trade
83
6 Advice to Help Ensure a Quality Art Experience
99
Creative Communit yGroup Art Projects for Kids with ASD
134
Give it to Me Straight Onepage Summary of the Book for Busy Parents
141
References
145
Recommended resources
146
Index
153
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Nicole Martin is a registered art therapist, licensed professional counselor, and big sister of a brother with autism. Nicole is the founder of Sky's the Limit Studio, which provides creative arts therapy services tailored to the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

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