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Dianne Shannon Art Therapy

RCAT #223-R-17 MA

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Autism, kids, and art therapy

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.

Welcome

As a registered art therapist for more than nine years, I offer counselling through individual sessions or groups for all ages and concerns. Art therapy is a method to explore issues using the creative process that does not rely on words for someone to experience benefits.  This is especially helpful for someone who finds it difficult to explain or describe complex experiences, emotions, and thoughts. Here’s a link to articles describing how people benefit from art therapy: https://arttherapy.org/upload/outcomebibliographyresearchcmte.pdf

You don’t have to be an artist to participate! There are lots of materials to choose from and I can suggest activities if you’re not sure where to begin. Sessions are available at my office, by video online, and through outreach in the community.

For more information about me and my practice check out the links above, call me at 306-717-4811, or email dianne@dianneshannonarttherapy.ca.

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