Research sought to evaluate art therapy for those with autism

Ryan Messner knows that his art therapy class at Wesley Spectrum High School has helped him.

“It helped me mature and better express my emotions,” said Ryan, 15, a sophomore with autism spectrum disorder who has been in the once- or twice-weekly class for several years at the school in Whitehall. 

Ryan’s art teacher, Lynda Braff, also has seen it with him and his classmates, several of whom gathered with Ryan at an “Art & Autism” discussion and exhibit of their work on Dec. 10 at Duquesne University.  The event, which featured the students’ doll-making, photography, silk-screening and multi-medium work, was an outgrowth of a professional art exhibit — “Mindful: Exploring Mental Illness Through Art” — that continues through March 16 at the Society for Contemporary Craft in the Strip District.

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25th December 2015
Pittsburgh post-Gazette