Expressive Therapies and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Expressive therapies are proven to be an effective intervention for deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorder. McNiff (1981) observed that expressive therapies promote action into psychotherapy and “action within therapy and life is rarely limited to a specific mode of expression” (p. viii). Practitioners that use expressive therapies recognize that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other populations have different expressive methods. Some individuals may be more visual, others more tactile, and so on. When practitioners use expressive therapies they can increase the client’s communication skills. The current paper explains the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), my experience working with clients with ASD, discusses what expressive therapy is, the history, application in treatment, and studies that prove expressive therapies effectiveness with the specific emphasis on art, movement, and music, work in treating individuals on the Autism Spectrum and help to unify the family as a whole.

Rachelle Morrison
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