Our top 8 Art Therapy & Autism Books
The early years are the most critical period of learning for a child with autism. Therapeutic art-making can be a useful tool to tap into their imaginations and help them to express their thoughts and feelings. My brother Mark and I have searched for books about art therapy that can teach parents, siblings or teachers how to get the most out of creative art therapy exercises. Here are our selection of books that we think stand out from the rest. We’ve picked out books that provide physical and sensory support. Solutions for managing difficult behaviours and creative tips, ideas and suggestions for art therapists. Ranging from the comprehensive and value for money to the cutting edge research in the field of neuroscience for art therapists.
Adrian and I would like to give a copy of his eBook ‘I am Adrian’ totally free of charge to all our subscribers. Read more…
I am Adrian
A personal introduction to Adrian, a young man who has autism. Adrian has very limited communication skills and this book is a way for people to get to know Adrian better. The book is also a good teaching aid for people who want to understand how autism can affect everyday life and an individual\'s social interactions with the world around them. The book was written and illustrated by Adrians older brother Mark. He created the book so people would be able to get to know Adrian better and help build new relationships.
New-York-based behavior analyst Jill Mullin returns with an expanded edition of Drawing Autism. A beautiful and thoughtful celebration of the vibrantly creative underbelly of autism, featuring contributions from more than 50 international graphic artists and children who fall somewhere on the autism spectrum
Square the Circle: Art Therapy Workbook
Based on the principles of mindfulness and the current research on how the body holds memory, the art exercises in this art therapy book allow for old stories to be told in new ways. With easy to use colouring sheets and art directives to increase self awareness. Rebecca Bloom brings humour and a down to earth style to inspire the inner artist that lives in us all. This book is full of creative activities and ideas that help explore emotions when words just aren\'t enough.
Little Windows Into Art Therapy: Small Openings for Beginning Therapists
Art Therapy Sourcebook
An excellent work, especially for those new to art therapy, but also full of some really wonderful activities it also gives an excellent review of the history and especially the beginnings of the discipline. The author goes to great lengths to provide information on the application of art therapy from diverse theoretical orientations and helpful lists of how to create your own studio space and collect materials.
Art Therapy Techniques and Applications 1st Edition
A great art therapy reference book filled with ideas and inspiration. Useful exercises for group participant art therapy workshops. Filled with innovative suggestions and plans that are easily implemented: from brief warm-ups to stretch the imagination, and collage and mask creations to assist the expression of mood, to guidance on Art Therapy Techniques and Applications contains an original composite of therapeutic goals. Ideal for art therapists, art therapy students and professors, counselors, and social workers.
Art Therapy and the Neuroscience of Relationships, Creativity, and Resiliency: Skills and Practices
This book presents a sophisticated integration of Art Therapy and Relational Neuroscience. It is grounded in an amazing depth and breadth of research, theory and sound practice which makes is a very practical state-of-the-art book. I recommend it warmly for art therapists and other psychotherapeutic professions who acknowledge the importance of giving attention to the phenomenology of body-mind expressions.
Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Using arts and crafts in a therapeutic activity taps into a person’s imagination helping them to express their thoughts and feelings in a way that is just isn’t possible by talking. Read more…
People who struggle to communicate in conventional ways have to find alternative means to express themselves and it’s not always easy. For some this search for an effective form of communication can take years. Those of us who find it in art are often lucky enough to discover it in childhood because arts and crafts play a big part in early childhood development. My brother Mark and I have always loved all types of arts and crafts, from drawing and painting to collage and sculpting. Read more…
My brother Mark and I have come up with some great ideas for some art therapy activities that may work for you. Each was designed to be lots of fun and very creative whilst at the same time helping me to process my thoughts and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness. Read more..