The role of art therapy in the treatment of a child with autism

Toh Ming Chuen, Amy (2014) The role of art therapy in the treatment of a child with autism. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: The role of art therapy in the treatment of a child with autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a pervasive developmental disorder characterized by significant impairment in social interaction and communication as well as restricted patterns of behavior, interest, and activities (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders [DSM V], 2013). Psychotherapy has been proven to be beneficial in the treatment of ASD in children (Alvarez, 1992; Alvarez & Reid, 1999; Tustin, 1992). Children with ASD are believed have a weak ability for introjection and projection, which leads to a poor sense of self and difficulty in relating to others (Alvarez and Reid, 1999; Tustin, 1992). Children with autism are not able to create representations or symbolization of objects to cope with the negative emotions; in attempt to eliminate the emotion they deny the presence of the object that is causing their anxiety (Tustin, 1981). Art therapy is a form of psychodynamic psychotherapy that utilizes art as a tool to facilitate the expression of feelings and thoughts of the child with autism. With the presence of an art therapist who provides attunement as well as encourages joint attention and joint affect, it is hypothesized that a child with autism can begin to develop the ability for relating to others around him. Through a case vignette, this research study will examine the role of art therapy in the development of the ability to relate to others in a child with ASD, using object relations theory, intersubjectivity, theory of mind, and attachment theory to aid in the exploration of this topic.

Subjects: Art therapy > Art Therapy -- Children
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Thesis - MA Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 06:23
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 06:29
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