Reframing Autism. The Five Elements of A.R.T.

A.R.T. is a series of elements (levels), that take those on the autism spectrum
from their current situation on a progressive journey to realise their potential.

Video: The 5 Elements of A.R.T. (Autism Reframe Technique)

The 5 Elements of A.R.T.

The elements provide the means to construct a roadmap that charts a path to realizing an individual's full potential. It reframes the paradigm from the traditional ‘deficit’ model (what's wrong) to one of appreciating the intelligence and potential of each person on the autism spectrum (how to grow an thrive).

The elements provide the basis of a process that may be tailored to the individual, and each element has a series of progressively more sophisticated tools and techniques to restore a connection between the brain and nervous system. This steadily progresses a greater and greater level of resilience and self-control.

The 5 A.R.T. Elements in brief

  • Sync: Link body movements & social engagement (engage)
  • Calm: Reduce anger and anxiety (soften)
  • Re-code: Learn a new body baseline (resilience)
  • Integrate: Bring body and brain states together (focus)
  • Thrive: Create optimal conditions for personal growth (spontaneity)

Sync

  • Get your eyes, ears, face, voice and body movements working together.
  • Learn to relax and move your body in ways that gently allow you greater access to your senses.
  • Discover simple and gentle brain/body exercises to connect your eyes, ears, face, voice (social engagement system) to your heart. Experience a safer, grounded and more open experience of being in your body. See the benefits of better eye-contact, better social ability, better thinking and clarity.

Calm

  • Overcome anxiety and soften body states
  • Make friends with your body and your brain. Learn how to read your body states and calm them from very high to being at ease.
  • Discover what it feels like to be in your body in a relaxed state and see how your eyes, ears, face all operate better. Develop simple skills to calm’ your system, control your anger and reduce your anxiety.

Re-code

  • Upgrade how your nervous system operates.
  • Teach your system to understand what it feels like to be in a good place physically and emotionally. Begin to know who you are when you feel really good and learn how to stay there even when things get difficult or rough. Re-code how your brain and body interact and set a stronger and more resilient base line in your dealings with the world. Build your tolerance.
  • Feel this new body baseline and realize how your brain works better in this rewired mode.

Integrate

  • Bring together and harmonize your body and your senses.
  • Study how your eyes, ears and gut can work together to help you better process the information in your world. Improve the choreography of your senses and see how your world - and you – can begin to shine!
  • Learn how to focus on a desirable goal and attune your system to it; for example to look in the mirror, ride a bike, talk on the phone, speak your truth, bake a cake - and learn to do each with ease and pride. Discover how to 'listen' to how your eyes, ears act as well as how your gut feels - and how you register sensations and information in your brain.
  • Then learn to improve on it, safely and with ease.

Thrive

  • Sit safely in the world and be the best you.
  • Discover how to get what's yours with strength and spontaneity. Learn how to stay strong, define your boundaries and intelligently and respectfully respond when they are being encroached upon. Figure out how to manage emotional issues, and navigate social and work relationships.
  • Get curious! Ask the big questions: what do I want to do? who do I want to be? what is the highest and best me?

A.R.T. - a new direction

Holly gained a strong desire to develop a more conducive autism therapy. The idea that autism as a ‘brain deficit’ meant that therapists came hard up against a ‘glass ceiling’ of what could be achieved for people on the spectrum. She also saw just how many people were disenchanted with the current system and how much they needed a more expansive and positive model.

Video: Danny Raede, CEO of Asperger Experts, on the ''profoundly life-changing benefits' of A.R.T.
Through her critically acclaimed book, Holly Bridges has helped thousands of parents, autists, educators and therapists perceive a more positive and helpful way of perceiving autism and she has affected hundreds of families from the severely challenged and non-verbal, to many adults with Asperger’s, right through to the very young with her simple and effective A.R.T. techniques. Her mission is to bring this to the world.

Intervention models

"Holly introduces a variety of intervention models that potentially could function to rehabilitate the social engagement system and to optimize autonomic regulation"

~ Stephen W. Porges, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina

Reconnecting Brain & Body

"The book enables people with Autism to feel understood and validated about their experience and feelings, and shows a way to tap into the wealth of resources trapped under the surface"

~ Dana, autism employment consultant

I Cannot Thank You Enough

"My son has discovered his feet and now hands. He wiggled his toes on command and just laughed and laughed. I can now say 'squeeze mummy’s hand', there is a 3 second delay and then he squeezes"

~ Kieran's mum, parent