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Autism and Mental Health Support: A Closed Art Therapy Group Within a Community Art Studio


Autism and Mental Health Support: A Closed Art Therapy Group Within a Community Art Studio

Suchostawski, Katrina Julianna (2018) Autism and Mental Health Support: A Closed Art Therapy Group Within a Community Art Studio. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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Using an intervention research framework, this project has answered the research question: What would a closed art therapy group for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder based in a community art studio look like? After a thorough review of the pertinent literature, a tentative project was designed that focuses on the mental health and well being of adolescents and young adults with autism. This research has demonstrated that there is a marked need for this type of potential space to benefit this population and their families. There is also a marked need for a change in perception of what it means to be human. Based on the researchers experience and a thorough review of literature, the overarching goal of this project was to create an outline of what type of space would be most beneficial. The potential for growth for the individual, their support system and for the greater community can be limitless when fostered as part of a community art studio. There is a richness that exists in a community run art studio that is the perfect complement to the needs of the autism spectrum disorder population. By completing this project, and adding to the current research, it is a way to give back to children with ASD and the special needs community by creating an awareness of their needs, potentially decreasing the stigma of those who are different, and hopefully opening a dialogue between the autism spectrum disorder community and the larger population.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Suchostawski, Katrina Julianna
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option)
Date:August 2018
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.11573/spectrum.library.concordia.ca.00984331
Keywords:art therapy, group art therapy, autism, autism spectrum disorder, language, communication, art as language, emotions, relationships, social skills, self-regulation, open format art studio, community art studio, art hive, public homeplace, active citizenship, disability, imagination, thinking, sensory, identity, education, intervention research, project design, program, treatment goals, being autistic, strategies for change, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
ID Code:984331
Deposited By: Katrina Julianna Suchostawski
Deposited On:14 Sep 2018 19:34
Last Modified:19 Sep 2018 20:26


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