Therapeutic Art Sessions
Providing access & support for individuals in East Dunbartonshire
EDICT has been supporting young people on the Autism Spectrum since the earliest days of the organisation. It became clear to us very quickly that the few services which did exist for this group tended to attempt to "fix" the idiosyncratic elements of behaviour. What appeared to be lacking was an opportunity for the young people just to be themselves, and indeed to let off steam.
Most of the young people have experienced significant degrees of bullying and isolation and had become cut off with no obvious peer group.
Allowing them to make the studio space their own, created the opportunity for them to develop the kind of informal social links which other teenagers take for granted, thereby enabling them to practice the social protocols which often puzzle them.
The groups have allowed us to provide a continuity of support, moving with the young people through school and into further education.