The Impact of Sensory-Related Art Therapy Interventions on the Behavior of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Fuder, McKenna
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
This is a quantitative research study that explores the impact of art therapy on the identified problem behavior(s) of children, ages four to six, who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The relationship between art material and behavior is also observed. The participants were provided through a convenient sample process and selected from an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapeutic clinic in Chicago, IL. The study was anticipated to be a benefit for both the participants and the art therapy profession, by providing an evidence-based study supporting the hypothesis that there would be a decrease in identified problem behavior(s) following the art therapy intervention. This study resulted in the development of a preliminary framework for future studies on sensory-based art therapy interventions and their impact on the behavior of children with autism spectrum disorder.