1st Edition

Arts Therapies Research and Practice with Persons on the Autism Spectrum Colourful Hatchlings

Edited By Supritha Aithal, Vicky Karkou Copyright 2024
    262 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume presents cutting-edge research and practice on Creative Arts Therapies or Arts Therapies for individuals on the autism spectrum of all ages, outlining the development of effective and accessible approaches to support the diverse needs of this client group.

    Consisting of 14 research-based chapters with contributions from over 30 authors from across the world, the book brings together research from art, music, drama, dance, movement and other forms of art therapies. The book demonstrates how arts therapies have evolved over the years to address the health and social care needs of people on the autism spectrum and their caregivers. Chapters explore the implications of arts therapies across a spectrum of needs in various settings and offer a comprehensive picture including a variety of research outcomes and therapeutic processes, and critiques both of existing practice and research methodologies.

    The book will be key reading for researchers, scholars and clinicians from dance movement therapy, music therapy, art therapy, dramatherapy and expressive arts therapies. It will also be of interest to post-graduate students and mental health professionals working with children, adults and families of individuals on the autism spectrum.

    Introduction: Steering the Road Map of Arts Therapies Research with Persons on the Autism Spectrum Supritha Aithal and Vicky Karkou

    PART 1: Little Hatchlings – Arts Therapies with Children on the Autism Spectrum and Their Families

    1. Looking After the Hatchlings: Exploring the Reciprocal Nature of Friendship with an Autistic Girl through Dramatherapy Nicky Dyer  

    2. Fostering Creative Social Connections Between Autistic Children and Their Families Through Shared Music Experiences Grace Thompson

    3. Perspectives on Social Engagement During Short-Term Dance/Movement Therapy Groups within an Integrated Special Education Classroom Andrea Gleason, Ryan Matchullis and Christina Devereaux

    4. Practical Implications of the Sensory-Based Relational Art Therapy Approach Huma Durrani

    5. Shine a Light on Autism: Group Dramatherapy with Children Identified with Autism and Autistic Traits Who Experience Anxiety Emma Ramsden, Sònia Barrachina, Lynn Cedar, Xavier Fontenille, Deborah Haythorne and Jeannie Lewis

    6. Music Therapy and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A New Assessment Scale Evaluating Resilience-Informed Relationship Quality Laura Blauth

    PART 2: Blooming Hatchlings – Arts Therapies with Young People and Adults on the Autism Spectrum

    7. The Impact of Mirroring in Dance Movement Therapy on Empathy and Relating in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Secondary Reflexive Research Sabine C. Koch and Kerrylyn Kercher

    8. Interpersonal Art Psychotherapy for Adults with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Being Treated in Secure Care: A Single-Case Study Simon Hackett

    9. Parental Perceptions of the Process and Impact of Dramatherapy Group Sessions for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder Loukia Bololia

    10. Looking at the Big Picture: Caregivers’ and Relatives’ Life-worlds on the Contribution of a Combined Dance/Movement and Music Therapy Intervention for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder Daniel Mateos-Moreno and Lidia Atencia-Doña

    PART 3: Coming Together with Hatchlings – Arts Therapies in Different Combinations and Conditions

    11. Adapting to COVID-19: Tele-Dance Movement Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents with Autism Janet Tein Ni Moo and Rainbow Tin Hung Ho

    12. From Music Therapist to Action Research Designer: A Narrative Account Grazia Ragone, Emeline Brulé, Kate Howland and Judith Good

    13. Attunement and the Nonverbal Autistic Child: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective Jeannie Lewis

    14. “The Art of Receiving”: A Heuristic Narrative Exploration of Long-Term Art Therapy with a Young Person with Autism from the Perspectives of Therapist, Client and Parent Nicki Power, with collaborative input from Roger Arguile, Marshall Bourne, and Kerry Bourne Conclusions Vicky Karkou and Supritha Aithal


    Supritha Aithal is Researcher and Senior Lecturer in Creative Approaches to Psychotherapy, Edge Hill University, UK.

    Vicky Karkou is Creative Psychotherapist and Professor in Arts and Wellbeing, Edge Hill University, UK.