Kids with autism often have strengths in the areas of non-verbal reasoning, creativity, imagination, and spatial relations. They can tap into these strengths through art therapy while being supported in other areas such as communication, social skills, motor skills, and self-regulation. Saskatchewan art therapists have submitted a request for the province’s Autism Services Saskatchewan to approve art therapy as a service for families who use Individualized Funding for supports. Approval would mean families could contact Saskatchewan art therapists directly for their child or youth to benefit from art therapy. Check out the documents below that were included in the submission with examples of children with autism who participated in art therapy as well as art therapy and autism research and publications.

Do you want art therapy to be an approved service for a child or youth you know with autism? You can show your support by emailing autismregistry@health.gov.sk.ca by the end of October 2022.