March 14, 2008
Hill Day for Creative Arts Therapies. I participated with other Presidents from the membership organizations of the National
Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies (NCCATA) in presenting an education program on the treatment of children with autism
and veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( PTSD) for congressional aides for both the House and Senate. Here is a
link to the slides on art therapy in the presentation.
ArtsTherapies Hill Day
April 14, 2009
I recently gave the keynote address, sponsored by Caldwell College, at the 8th Annual New
Jersey Art Therapy Association Conference earlier this month. I spoke on the subject of how art therapy is helping one child
diagnosed with autism. Art therapy is being used in combination with other creative arts therapies; a variety of special education
practices; and two leading intervention models for children diagnosed with autism.
August 15, 2009
Dani (my special client) and I have our first session together
after summer vacation last night, August 14, 2009. During the session Dani told his first independent story about one of his
drawings, without any continuous prompting. Both his mother and I were thrilled. She asked for a copy of this part of the
session that was taped to send to relatives and asked that I share it with you too. It is now posted on the Children's Corner:
Art Therapy for Children's Professional Facebook Page.
August 15, 2009
I recently purchased
a text written by art therapist. Nicole Martin ( the first of its kind) that I highly recommend.
Art as an Early
Intervention Tool for Children with Autism
Author: Nicole Martin
Publisher Jessica Kingsley Publishers
September 3, 2009
I first discovered these books last winter. They compliment my
work as an art therapist.
Scribbles: A Really Giant Drawing and Coloring Book
Squiggles: A Really Giant
Drawing and Painting Book
Doodles: A Really Giant Coloring and Doodling Book
Doodle All Year
All the books are created by Taro Gomi
September 9, 2009
Teaching children diagnosed with
autism about feelings begins with images of facial expressions in photographs. The next step is to use photographs of children's
faces expressing different feelings. Photograh the children's own faces and start with the basics: happy, sad, angry, and
Once the children can identify the basic feeling states in both photgraphs and drawings, I recommend the
follow text to expand the children's understanding of feelings and to develop higher thinking skills. Although this text is
specifically written for children with autism any child can benefit from this text. Note: the authors are British so you may
have to" Americanize" some of the examples used in the lessons to faciliate familiar experiences drawn from early
Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read
A Practical Guide
Authored by Patricia Howlin,
Simon Baron-Cohen, and Jullie Hadwin
Published by John Wiley & Sons
I had the
priviledge of being invited to be a keynote speaker at the annual Korean Academy of Clinical Art Therapy (KACAT) Conference. I presented my work on the use of art therapy in the treatment of children diagnosed
had the priviledge of being selected as an Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) International Speaker at the annual DKG Gamma
Province Spring Meeting and Convention, Ouebec, Canada. I presented my work on the use of art therapy in
the treatment of children diagnosed with autism.
As a Fulbright Scholar, I had privilege to present a series of art therapy
workshops on art therapy through the life-span sponsored by the Continuing Education Department of the University of Akureyri,
Akureyri, Iceland. The workshops included the topic of autism.