Using Art Therapy to Promote Psychomotor Development and Facilitate Communication in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Literature Review

By Nohelis Mena

This issue of NASET’s Autism Spectrum Disorder series was written by Nohelis Mena. Art therapy is a common practice used among students with autism to develop communication skills and improve psychomotor development. It is understood that art therapy has its benefits but lacks representation in how the students feel while partaking in these activities. The emotional state of the student while in therapy should be considered and should be further explored by research. This paper serves as a literature review discussing research conducted on using art therapy for communication and psychomotor skills. The specific topics to be discussed are as follows: Art therapy to teach self-expression, development of social skills, enhancement of visual skills, and enhancement of fine motor skills.

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