The experience of expressing one’s self through art has widely been practiced as a form of therapy, as it’s no surprise that art brings a sense of calmness and serenity. This type of therapy is known as ‘art therapy,’ and it is a treatment widely used by therapists in meeting the challenges often faced by people with autism. Unfortunately, not all countries (including Malaysia) utilize this important form of interaction to treat sensory processing disorder (SPD).
For children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have sensory issues, art therapy can be an effective way to help them. This is because people with autism are usually able to experience sensory input processes better including non-verbal activities. Most people are not aware of the wonders of teaching children with ASD using art therapies, such as encouraging them to join art activities.
What is art therapy?
The British Therapist Art Association defines art therapy as a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as the primary means of expression and communication. In this case, art is not used as a diagnostic tool but as a medium to tackle emotional issues that may be confusing and depressing. Autism children may have various difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These include emotional, behavioral, or mental health problems, physical learning or disability, life-threatening conditions, neurological conditions and physical illness. Mediums include media art, creative processes and producing artwork to explore the autistic children’s emotions and imaginations. It also provides security in emotional conflicts of autism and develops social skills of autism.
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