Art therapy as a tool for the inclusion of children with autism in a mainstream school in Singapore

Gabbay, Ronit (2009) Art therapy as a tool for the inclusion of children with autism in a mainstream school in Singapore. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Art therapy as a tool for the inclusion of children with autism in a mainstream school in Singapore
Synopsis:

The focal point of this research is to analyze how we can leverage on art therapy in order to include children with autism into a mainstream primary school in Singapore. The research will also analyze how art therapy, the use of art as a substitute or parallel to verbal language, can be part of the educational system and a way for positive inclusion process and for self growth for the child with autism. The focus of the clinical work was on implementing art expressions to help the children with autism maximize their potential especially their social skills.

The research is case-study based on the author's observations from L2 art therapy sessions which took place over three months. It was observed that children with autism struggle to express emotions and to vocalize their needs when attempting to communicate with others or to gain an access to basic life tasks. Thus the range of materials and tools chosen were based on psychoanalytic and analytic art therapy approaches to stimulate the children and to evoke an emotional response while using spontaneous expressions.

The students' ability to express feelings and to face their conflicts through the making of art in a safe environment in the art therapy sessions led for ego growth. The nonverbal art expressions increased their potential to communicate with others while the sublimation process through art expressions improved their social skills. Art created a bridge linking the children's mind and body and provided new channel for collaboration between the children with autism, parents, teachers and their mainstream peers. Therefore, the art therapy approach in this school contributed to the inclusion process for all parties.

Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2012 07:03
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2012 07:03
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/43

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