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One Size Doesn’t Fit All: An Inclusive Art Therapy Approach for Communication Augmentation and Emotion Control in Children with Autism

Petrescu, Dorin Mihai One Size Doesn’t Fit All: An Inclusive Art Therapy Approach for Communication Augmentation and Emotion Control in Children with Autism. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Petrescu, Dorin Mihai
Abstract:

Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder resulting in problematic social interactions, activities, and language development, where communication, or the deciphering and transmitting of emotions, is hindered by a tendency for uncontrolled emotions. Current knowledge recognizes the positive effect of art therapy on developmental disorders. This study examines how art therapy could be applied to optimize recovery of children with autism. Specifically, it explores the question: How might art therapy intervention be designed to facilitate communication augmentation and emotion control in children with autism? This study argues that, given the complexities of autism, a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach of standardized processes and techniques might not be effective. An experiential model of art therapy intervention is proposed, which focuses as much, or more, on the experience of the child in the art making process as on the art piece created. This inclusive approach builds on, and accommodates, the diversity exhibited by children with autism.

Divisions: Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2014 15:01
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2014 15:01
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/158

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