News: Art Therapy Helps Boy with Autism Communicate

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Monday, April 18, 2011 - 09:53

Jayln Weston’s verbal communication skills decreased when he was two; he was soon diagnosed with high-functioning autism. His mom said he always enjoyed art and liked to “tell” stories with drawings. She felt he was not getting enough exposure to art in his school, so she connected with VSA arts Tennessee. VSA, formerly Very Special Arts, is a national organization promoting arts for people with disabilities. Jayln started in a class for teenagers with autism and was soon winning awards and exhibiting his art. Jayln's speech increased when he began explaining his artwork. His mom says, “And art gives him something to talk about, and it focuses on something that he is good at."

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