Monthly Archives: August 2013

Autism ~ Therapy, acceptance and community

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”Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.

Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.” – The National Autistic Society.

I wanted to share this article about young autistic adults and parents finding acceptance and community at unique Autism Movement Therapy workshop. If you have spent any time with autistic adults or children you will know how important the little breakthroughs in communication are for these people and their loved ones. Please click on the picture below for the very interesting and informative article..

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click the pic for the article. Picture from ‘The art of autism’

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Don’t limit me!

What an amazing and articulate girl! I don’t think anyone could get the message across any better.  A fantastic lesson for anyone working with Learning Disabilities.

I think this should be shown in lectures at all OT teaching Universities.

I myself had a fantastic placement experience working with with learning disabilities and saw so much potential, enthusiasm and determination to learn with such wonderful personalities and character from people with Downs Syndrome.

Gemini

Women in Art ~ Day 7 ~ Art Therapy and Women’s Aid

I thought I would link this post from my ”Women in Art” themed week from my other blog as it is health related.

Simply Gemini

Art Therapy 

My final post of the week is different in that I am exploring art in a therapeutic way as well as aesthetically.  Today it is not about talent, but about how art can help people effect change and grow on a personal level through the use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment.  I know from a personal perspective, I enjoy art and although not a talented artist myself feel the therapeutic benefits of enjoying it.

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A little more about Art Therapy from The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication.

Clients who are referred to an art therapist need not have previous experience or skill in art, the art therapist is not primarily concerned with making an aesthetic or diagnostic assessment of the client’s image. The overall aim of its practitioners is to…

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Occupational Therapy myths

There are so many  misconceptions about OT and many people do not understand what it entails.

This is a great piece by an American Occupational Therapist..

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Multiple sclerosis in children rare – but often worse