What is Art Therapy?

- By Somaiyya Jawaid Posted On - 23/05/2021

One of the major issues of autism is “impaired communication”, which utilizing creative arts therapies seems a natural fit for autism. Utilizing these techniques opens up ways for children as well as therapists and family members to build up interaction through non verbal communication, as when children express themselves nonverbally, whether through images, sounds, or their bodies and it gives significant ones a chance to understand through their nonverbal interaction.

So working alongside a therapist rather than having one on one conversations, the therapist and the child will find it more comfortable in helping to build a powerful bond through art-making.

Treatment can also motivate to have verbal communication as when the therapeutic relationships will grow and develop. As when these children get enjoyment, stress relief, and self-confidence from getting grip through artistic challenges, these random creation based tasks would actually promote children to practice skills and more positively reinforcing better sensory, social, and emotional functioning.

Individual approaches to creative arts therapy have specific characteristics that make some more appropriate than others for addressing the particular goals of different children who have autism.


Any form of art paves a natural way for all children to express and explore themselves. So by making use of drawing, painting, and or any creativity based tasks in general, children learn about their emotions because they learn to express in some form and cope with situations which then encourages them to explore social interactions.

Processing of the world is different for Children with autism and requires more help while understanding and developing many of these skills.

“Art therapy” works as an integrative mental health approach which enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making with the creative process of understanding human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.

-Art therapy can be implemented across all ages on the Autism Spectrum.

- It promotes culturally proficient work with diverse populations in a variety of settings.

-Any creation gives a chance to honor and understand people's values and beliefs.

-With the combination of Applied Behavioural Analysis and art therapy people can experience self-expression, develop and amplify a range of skills, and experience multiple sensory stimuli in a safe, welcoming environment, as it opens array of possibilities for a child to grow, benefitting to visual and tactile opportunities.


Implementing art therapy provides an array of options for children with autism. Art provides ways to assist them to develop their imagination and understanding of the world around them. The expression that comes with art provides an alternative way to establish or amplify their communication skills.


- Enhance visual skills
- Encourage social skills
- Develop sensory integration
- Decrease off-task behaviors
- Define fine motor skills
- Improve behavioral issues through integrating ABA therapy
- Increase learning opportunities