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ERIC Number: EJ791447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Assessing Portrait Drawings Created by Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Martin, Nicole
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v25 n1 p15-23 2008
The ability to attend to the human face is a striking and possibly characteristic deficit for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study collected and reviewed data on how people with ASD approach the drawing task and represent faces in particular. Drawings that were created by 25 children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and 15 neurotypical children were collected for a pilot study of the Portrait Drawing Assessment. Participants with ASD were rated as more engaged and conversational during the art therapy assessment than their neurotypical counterparts, contradicting widespread characterization of people with ASD as asocial. Portrait drawing was found to be successful as a structured, concrete means for engaging in relationships and holds potential as a therapeutic task for developing face processing and face recognition skills. (Contains 3 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A