Art therapy for children with autism: two case studies that explore the intersubjective approach to art therapy

Yip, Wan Hung (2014) Art therapy for children with autism: two case studies that explore the intersubjective approach to art therapy. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Art therapy for children with autism: two case studies that explore the intersubjective approach to art therapy
Synopsis:

Children with autism have varying degrees of difficulties in communication and social interaction (Hayman, 2013). Art therapy provides an alternative means of communication for them to share their worlds with others (Evans, 1998). Through an intersubjective approach, where the art therapist takes on an active role to initiate interactions during the art making process, it may encourage the children with autism to communicate (Bragge & Fenner, 2009). This study attempts to explore the roles of the intersubjective approach to art therapy in promoting communication with children with autism. A multiple-case, qualitative approach that allows an in-depth analysis of the art therapy process was adopted. Data was collected through multiple sources, including the art therapy intern’s observation notes and response art, the client’s artworks and case files, as well as meetings with parents and teachers. Two cases were reported to illustrate that an intersubjective approach could be an effective way to facilitate communication with children with autism, and to understand their inner worlds. The results of the study could inform and guide art therapy interventions for children with autism.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 09:00
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 09:00
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/339

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