Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Arts Therapy Spectrum has a special interest in working with children (aged 7+), adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Working alongside an arts therapist in the art studio is a safe place to explore issues, challenge behaviours and express emotions. In the studio clients can work at their own pace and they are encouraged to be in control of their environment.
Adolescents and Children.
Arts therapy is particularly useful for adolescents and children as there is no pressure to be able to explain what is going on in their world. Instead this can be expressed through art making. The art studio is a space where clients can be free to explore whatever is important to them. One of the most important parts of childhood and adolescence is the forming of identity. This is usually done in peer groups. Sometimes this process is interrupted because of trauma, disability, bullying and mental health issues. In these cases exploring identity can be done safely within a therapeutic relationship with an arts therapist.
Anxiety and Stress.
It is now widely known that art making can help combat stress. Sometimes clients aren't sure why they are anxious or stressed which means it is difficult to talk about what is going on for them. The arts therapist works alongside the client to explore what has been created and to try and make meaning of the client's experiences.
Participants can access services through a self-managed or plan-managed NDIS plan