The A.R.T. Toolkit employs a range of modalities that are tailored to the individual. As we move through the program the exercises become progressively more sophisticated. The client becomes equipped to use the tools at home and we often train staff and families to assist with implementing them at home – as long as we do so without a behavioural approach!

A.R.T.//REFRAME

  • Making A.R.T. meaningful and relevant to the student: the need to ‘reframe’ autism from a perceived – largely mental – ‘deficit’ to an opportunity to grow and thrive; and where the body plays a leading role.
  • Comprises: Mind Work

A.R.T.//BODY COGNITION

  • Introducing the concept and opportunity of recognising calm, ‘centered’ states. Building and continually developing the student’s ‘body awareness’.
  • Comprises: Mind Work, Sensory Awareness
Typical Need States: Poor Body Awareness, Poor Self-Image, Hearing And Balance Problems, Anxiety, Black And White Thinking, Overly Dependent On Others, Anger Issues, Attention, And Concentration

A.R.T.//POINTS

  • Bringing the body into a state of calm connection through holding acupressure points, to help the student safely gain awareness of their ‘internal state’.
  • Comprises: Mind Work, Sensory Awareness
Typical Need States: Poor Body Awareness, Poor Self-Image, Hearing And Balance Problems, Anxiety, Black And White Thinking, Overly Dependent On Others, Anger Issues, Attention, And Concentration, Excessive Worry, Separation Anxiety

A.R.T.//BALL

  • Reducing sensory over-stimulation in the body.
    Re-connecting the student’s ‘body system’ – through movement, relaxation and physical perception.
  • Comprises Mind Work, Sensory Awareness, Physical exercises.
Typical Need States: Poor Body Awareness, Poor Self-Image, Hearing And Balance Problems, Anxiety, Black And White Thinking, Overly Dependent On Others, Anger Issues, Attention, And Concentration, Excessive Worry, Separation Anxiety, Motor Coordination, Clumsiness, Spatial Orientation, Motor Apraxia, Sensory Processing Issues

A.R.T.//SCANS

  • Upgrading the student’s ‘internal body map’ through mindful body scans.
  • Comprises: Mind Work, Sensory Awareness, Meditation & Mindfulness.
Typical Need States: Poor Body Awareness, Poor Self-Image, Hearing And Balance Problems, Anxiety, Black And White Thinking, Overly Dependent On Others, Anger Issues, Attention, And Concentration, Excessive Worry, Separation Anxiety Motor Coordination, Clumsiness, Spatial Orientation Motor Apraxia, Sensory Processing Issues, Speech And Hearing Problems, Digestive Issues, Brain Fog, Overwhelm And Shut-Down, Food Sensitivities, Insomnia, Excessive Worry, Communication And Articulation, Muddled Thinking, Depression, Low Self-Esteem, Sensory Sensitivities

A.R.T.//ASSETS

  • Re-appraising the student’s knowledge of his or her physical and emotional capacity to attain personal / life goals.
  • Comprises: Mind Work, Sensory Awareness, Meditation & Mindfulness, Physical exercises, Coaching.
Typical Need States: Poor Body Awareness, Poor Self-Image, Hearing And Balance Problems, Anxiety, Black And White Thinking, Overly Dependent On Others, Anger Issues, Attention, And Concentration, Motor Coordination, Separation Anxiety, Clumsiness, Spatial Orientation Motor Apraxia, Sensory Processing Issues, Speech And Hearing Problems, Digestive Issues, Brain Fog, Overwhelm And Shut-Down, Food Sensitivities, Insomnia, Excessive Worry Communication And Articulation, Muddled Thinking, Low Self-Esteem, , Sensory Sensitivities, , Temper, Tears, Food Aversions, Disconnect Of Mind And Body, Loss Of Employment, Gaining Employment, Moving Out Of Home, Relationships, Independence, Independent Living, Facing Fears, Depression