I know something about your child. Your kid is great. Imaginative, playful, sensitive, talented even. He or she looks at or interacts with the world differently, and that’s what makes them special. But your child is more than a diagnosis: she’s not autistic, she’s a girl with a wonderfully articulated inner life, full of feeling, daydreams, and creativity. He doesn’t just “have Aspergers,” he’s a boy with focus and determination. Your child’s diagnosis is just a part of who they are as human beings- young individuals who have their whole lives in front of them. I understand that having a child with a developmental disorder is complicated, and sometimes difficult. They might not express themselves in ways you understand, or they might not communicate like you or I do. And that’s ok. Through creative play and the empathic process of art making, I can relate to your child on his or her own level, wherever that is for them. I can help your child learn to effectively communicate their individual needs and feelings, and assist them in understanding how to navigate a seemingly nonsensical world. Disability is oftentimes defined by what is missing, but autism spectrum disorders, for example, are just as much about what’s there: abundance in sensitivity, feeling, and expression. Your child isn’t like some of the other kids. And that’s awesome.
My background in new media stems from 10+ years in professional broadcasting (CNN Headline News) and print publication art direction (SLAP Skateboard Magazine, Pottery Barn Kids, Walt Disney Studios). I'm a recipient of the Pratt Institute Creativity Development Fellowship, a research presenter and a member of American Art Therapy Association, and a North Brooklyn Health Network grant awardee, funding a fully digital mental health video arts therapy program. Merging these worlds, my private practice for children struggling with non-verbal and emotional stressors involves embracing autism spectrum disorders as well as developmental delays through computer/video arts as primary therapeutic tools.
"Jon Ehinger has worked with our ASD son and daughter for a few years. Jon has used their interests (like Spiderman and Harry Potter) to teach them how to draw, make clay figures, and transform their ideas into iMovies. These projects have really helped them initiate conversations with their peers when sharing them with friends and classmates." —Laura and Matt D.
"Jon's therapeutic work with my son has improved his socialization and serves as a reward for good behavior. Together they storyboard and write screenplays where they cast neighbors and schoolmates,then edit and create DVDs, all with Jon's guidance. From start to finish, Jon teaches my son the necessary patience needed to complete each video project they think-up!" —Ellen A.