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Art as an Early Intervention Tool for Children with Autism

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Book - Art as an Early Intervention Tool for Children with Autism

by: Nicole Martin

About the author:

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.

ISBN: 978-1-84905-807-0

Year: 2009

Publication Info: 160pp


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.



Preface. Chapter 1. Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders. Chapter 2. Integrating Art Into Early Intervention Treatment. Chapter 3. Characteristics of Artwork Made by Children with Autism. Chapter 4. Why Art Projects Are Beneficial. Chapter 5. Tools of the Trade. Chapter 6. Advice to Help Ensure A Quality Art Experience. Conclusion. Appendix A. Creative Community: Group Art Projects for Kids With ASD. Appendix B. Give It To Me Straight: One Page Summary of the Book for Busy Parents. References. Recommended Reading. Index



This book is packed with practical tips and examples of appropriate ways to work with these children, it is a well thought out and well presented with the parent as well as the therapist or carer in mind, and the author’s commitment and enthusiasm is very apparent. This book would be helpful and encouraging to anyone involved with children with ASD.


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