Benefits Of Art Therapy

Art Therapy

Art Therapy has a lot of benefits for children with autism. It brings joy in expressing their ideas and teaches them how to be creative.  

My son enjoys doing all sorts of art in school from cutting, pasting, coloring, painting, molding, and sketching. These help him develop his fine motors skills by strengthening his hand muscles. It also teaches him to think and organize his ideas through creative thinking.

Art therapy is an effective method of expressing a child’s feeling through images and colors which couldn’t be expressed through words.  It develops communication and interaction through teaching emotions. John loves to draw pictures of children all the time. I asked him why he always likes to draw them and he answered, ” I feel happy when I draw them. They are my classmates.”

The first drawing  below is John’s drawing when their class went to Southend for their school’s summer trip. The children have happy faces which mean that they all enjoyed the trip and enjoyed each other’s company.

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Fig. 1 John’s drawing of his school trip to Southend

This second drawing is a drawing that he did in his Playscheme Club. He was asked by his play support worker to draw anything that he likes to draw (freestyle). He drew three erupted volcanoes  surrounded by happy children.  I asked him why he drew it? He said, ” I love to see the colors that come out of a volcano. The bright red and orange. I felt my son’s happiness being with his friends and that he enjoyed their company.

According to Color Psychology, bright red or scarlet indicates enthusiasm and love of life while orange means optimism that radiates warmth and happiness and gives us strength in difficult times. I can see and feel that my son is a friendly, enthusiastic and happy person  who finds strength by being with someone or with the company of his friends.

Fig.2 John’s freestyle drawing

Art Therapy helps a child with autism to stay calm by refocusing his attention through his drawing. When John is overwhelmed by the things around him, he tends to get nervous. This could be too exhausting for him. He enjoys drawing, coloring and painting because it helps him diverts his attention to the things around him. It is a good therapy for his sensory issues.

Below are some of my son’s artwork that he did in his Art class made from tiles and chalk (Fig.3) and ceramics ( Fig.4).

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Fig.3 John’s tiles and chalk artwork
Fig.4 John's ceramic art
Fig.4 John’s ceramic artwork

Art therapy is a form of recreational activity that will keep your child busy for a period of time. It will help him to concentrate on completing a particular task which will help in improving his concentration and attention skills. If you want to know more about the benefits of art therapy to your child with autism, you could click on this

So there you are! These are all the benefits of Art therapy. It is now time for you to help your child to start making his own creations. Try  tracing your hands and color it with different colors to create a pattern.  Use primary colors of red, blue, green and yellow. This will help your child to recognize the primary colors. It is fun, interactive and a great time to bond with your child.

You can also make handprints using primary watercolor paint.  Allow him to touch the colors and create his own hand-printed patterns. Try it and let him enjoy!

If you have any questions or suggestions on the Benefits of Art therapy to your child with autism, please feel free to leave your comments below and I will try my best to respond as  soon as I can. 

Adel 🙂







14 thoughts on “Benefits Of Art Therapy

  1. A good friend of mine has an autistic son, so your article was really interesting. I liked how you pointed out that art can provide a method for communication and interaction for a child with autism. I’ll definitely be sure to pass the information to my friend to see if she thinks her son could benefit from art classes as a form of therapy.

    1. Thank you for visiting my site. Art Therapy indeed helped my son a lot especially with his communication and social interaction skills. It also has improved his fine motor skills. I’m hoping that it will do the same to your friend’s son. All the best! 🙂

  2. Awesome article on how art therapy benefits your autistic child, I am a big fan of art and music therapy for children with special needs.

    Art and music are two areas with a strong connection with these children, these kids are very visual learners so art fits them very well.

    1. You are absolutely right, Jeffrey. Art is indeed helpful to them because it helps them express their feelings as well as it helps them learn how to communicate better. They are indeed visual learners. Thank you for dropping by! 🙂

  3. Hey there

    I love your whole site!
    My son is high on the autism spectrum and art therapy is a great positive activity for us!
    It not only helps to improve fine motor skills and coordination but it also can be used to clam my son down and distract him from having those terrible melt downs!
    Thanks again for the information!

    1. Art therapy is a great activity indeed for children on the spectrum to engage on because of its many benefits.  Thank you, Hailey, for visiting my site and finding it useful. 

  4. Austism is a serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact. Autism spectrum disorder impacts the nervous system and affects the overall cognitive, emotional, social and physical health of the affected individual. So the Art therapy is good for it.

    1. Thank you, Ella. Art Therapy is indeed beneficial for the neurodevelopmental issues faced by a child with autism. My son benefited a lot from it.

  5. What a great post! I think art is a kind of therapy for anyone, with or without autism, but it’s good to see that it can be particularly helpful for a child with autism. I love your son’s drawings! My 8 year old son often paints and draws volcanoes as well. I always thought of it as being a product of his rather energetic, explosive, personality but I loved reading about what the colours mean. I think this is true of my son as well 🙂

    1. Thank you for appreciating my son’s work. Every work of art has a meaning and the color choice shows exactly the emotions that the artist wants to show in his work. The same holds true to my son who has autism. He definitely showed what he felt through his drawings and it also provided a means to express his feelings. All best to you and your son!

  6. Wow! A light bulb popped above my head when reading your article. I have a boy in my general ed. classroom with ADHD diagnosis (and some other things happening). He loves to write and he loves to draw. In my frustration trying to help him, I overlooked the artistic, creative side. Your post gave me the insight to move into a more hands-on creative plan with him for his work and giving his brain a break with art. This will definitely help with improving his concentration and attentiveness.

    1. It’s good to know that I was able to help you and that my post has been useful for you to find a way of helping your student who has ADHD. Drawing will definitely help improve his lack of concentration and attention in class.

  7. Wow, this is truly a blessing in disguise, Adel, as I’ve heard so much about that healthy flow of emotional release which painting , modelling and coloring can cause!

    Thanks so much for this superb article:-))


    1. You’re welcome,Therese. Art therapy is indeed a good way of providing emotional release thus helps in improving a person’s emotional behaviour.

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