We offer Expressive Arts Therapy sessions, as an inter-modal approach to therapy with individuals on the autism spectrum, that can incorporate writing, drama, dance, movement, painting, and music as well as new technologies applied for therapeutic purposes. Enhancing Emotion Recognition and social skills through creativity in individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions.
Expressive Arts Therapy consists of an opportunity for every individual to enter into communication with their own self through a holistic approach drawing on all the different artistic disciplines. Moreover, this process gives the person the freedom to be, without being judged, letting them express, not only in words, but in movement, in colour, in clay, in ritual, as needed.
In this process, the creative self opens up and finds the space to be listened to. Such a symbolic dialogue leads the client to a succession of feelings, thoughts and insights that bring the individual to a state of consciousness through the creative process.
This multifaceted discipline helps, in no small part, due to the fact that the creative process itself is therapeutic. Human beings have always needed rituals in order to make an internal representation of the world reflected in the experience of their own action.
Children play: reproducing adult dynamics and roll-playing as a way to learn to interpret their world, to understand it, process it and engage with it. These internal representations are images that give order and structure to our conception of the external world.
Symbolic expression offers a powerful opportunity for healing, by integrating new positive shared experiences that speak directly to our psyche. Such expression leads us to a deeper understanding of ourselves and our relationship with the world.
Expressive Arts Therapy enables us to create a safe setting where the client is welcome to open up and share his/her internal conflicts in order to be able to first identify them by him/herself. Then the Therapist accompanies the individual through the process, without judging or over-interpreting their work, enabling the person to make their own discoveries.
The roll of the therapist is of empathic support, a companion on the journey, a means of drawing a person out of their own art but letting them do their own interpretation. It is important not to project but to let the person own their feelings. Knowing that within each person there is the capacity to find their own answers.
Art Therapy helps by improving communication of the autistic children. Children are often more free to express their true feelings through Art therapy, as they aren’t restrained by their vocabulary, or even their artistic abilities, as emotions have a way of making themselves known even in the most rudimentary, childish art.
Through art therapy children get fully immersed in an activity, while also feeling happy and free from anxiety.
Music Therapy is an effective way of working with people with autism for helping them to communicate, ameliorating symptons of distress and helping them to cope better with an uncertain and confusing world.
Playing the music of a trained music therapist can improve physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual aspects of a person.
Dance therapy can be a successful method to manage Autism symptoms. Dance therapy makes children calmer and play better with playmates. Depressed and self-destructive teenagers can be made better at setting limits through dance therapy.
Drama Therapy can help improve verbal and non-verbal communication skills, social and interpersonal skills, and impulse control for people with Autism. Drama Therapy is not just as a treatment, but as a viable and valuable preventive therapy. It is an intimately, self-revealing, a powerful experience that gives way to a kinaesthetic understanding permitting one to connect with the deepest self, using ritual as a language to bring new perspectives. Understanding yields peace and resolution.