Autistry Studios is based on the model of project based therapy, a concept delineated by Autistry’s co-founder, Janet Lawson. In other words, we make things and the process of doing so (with a mentor) is our therapy, as it teaches us many useful skills, such as: dealing with frustration, planning and executing an idea. Janet explains:
- Leverage strengths and build upon interests
- Expand imagination
- Discover personal narrative
- Build personal identity
- Learn problem-solving skills and develop a sense of resiliency
- Learn how to self-regulate
- Master effective behavior and communication
- Build relationships within a natural setting
See these links for more on Autistry Studios and Project Based Therapy:
I have always been interested in fashion and fashion design, so it was decided my project would be designing and creating a cool looking and functional weighted vest, which is something I sometimes wear to address my sensory issues. The only problem was, though I tried, I simply could not muster enthusiasm for anything involving sewing, an activity I could not stop viewing as a frustrating chore – something dating back to childhood.
So, a few weeks ago I spontaneously pulled out some art supplies and started drawing. My enthusiasm and focus were apparent to all and now I am working on animal portraits with the possiblility of sketching and painting pet portraits, a potential profession.
We are exploring how to combine my art and writing on a daily basis, but first we will have to surmount my reluctance to work in public, such as at a cafe or library. Yes, I could do it from home, but the goal is to gradually expose me to more social settings so I am not limited (and isolated) in my room.
So, once again, thank you, Autistry for being such a great resource for me – and, for all those who get to view my creations, thank YOU, too!