Celtic Art Therapy and Autism

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Autistic minds respond well to visual and tactile stimuli. As a result, Autistic children and adults have responded well to tracing a Celtic Art Therapy Plate. The past two years of showing the Celtic Art Therapy collection have yielded the following observations with respect to Autism.

Overall, Autistic individuals prefer “tighter” Celtic Art Therapy designs. These include the Celtic Cross, the Celtic Dragonflies, the Celtic Hearts, the Celtic Shamrock, and the Celtic Swords.

Autistic individuals who have a “logical” mindset focused on solving problems in a specific order have responded to the Celtic Cross Art Therapy Plate, mostly because the Celtic Cross Art Therapy design has a logical, angular layout. The Blue Celtic Cross Art Therapy Plate is the most tranquil, and as a result has been observed to help calm the Autistic mind. Likewise, the Elemental Celtic Cross Art Therapy Plate has been observed to help focus the Autistic mind, but in a more stimulating way given the changing colors.

Autistic individuals who have an artistic, dynamic mindset have responded to the Celtic Swords Art Therapy Plate, mostly because design is so dynamic and intense.

The following are two specific observations made by Celtic artist Anne Ravensdaughter with regard to Autism.

  • An Autistic boy (10-12 years old) and his mother attended the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire in 2011 where Anne was showing her Celtic Art Therapy collection. Having an artistic mindset, the child became attracted to the Celtic Swords Art Therapy Plate and began to sit and trace the design for several minutes. Seeing the value of the experience, the boy’s mother purchased the plate and the two went on to enjoy the faire. At the close of business, the boy and his mother returned to the Celtic Art Therapy booth. The mother said, “I don’t know how to thank you. My son was going into full meltdown about 12:00 noon, and he was able to calm himself down by tracing the plate. We were able to enjoy a full day at a busy venue for the first time in a long while.”
  • An Autistic girl (8-10 years old) and her mother attended the Texas Renaissance Festival in 2011 where Anne was showing her Celtic Art Therapy collection. The child had a difficult time choosing the design she preferred because it was later in the afternoon and she had already been very stimulated. Anne placed one Art Therapy Plate after another before the girl and watched her reaction to see if she ‘adhered’ to the design. When the girl started tracing the Blue Celtic Dragonflies Art Therapy Plate, she began to giggle with pure excitement. She then picked up the plate and hugged it tightly, and then continued to trace the design. The girl’s mother purchased the plate and said, “Why didn’t we find you earlier? She was going into meltdown about 1:00pm.”
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