Benefits of Art Therapy as Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Exploratory Review

Erin Rafferty-Bugher, Jerrod Brown, Bethany Hastings, Cheryl Arndt, Mario Hesse


This paper will review art therapy as a beneficial treatment approach for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. A comprehensive literature review of applicable art therapy approaches is identified, including an overview of art therapy assessments for autism and a table of consolidated art therapeutic interventions and techniques is provided. A discussion regarding the use of art therapy as a successful treatment modality for autism across settings and ages is discussed.

Keywords: art, Autism Spectrum Disorder, treatment 


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