The Role of Art Therapy for Adults with Cognitive and Physical Disabilities
Lindholm, Nikki M.
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The following research explores art therapy and how it is beneficial to persons living with disabilities on a day-to-day basis, whereas another type of therapy may not be so rewarding to them. A brief background of how art therapy began, as well as how it is being used to treat individuals with cognitive disabilities, will be provided. The author’s practicum experience will show which directives worked well with this type of client, such as painting, drawing, and non-traditional types of creating art. Further investigation will reveal results that are being seen now with clients, but as well as what can be expected from these individuals after prolonged exposure to this type of therapy. Exploration on the topic of stigma associated with adults with disabilities will be conducted as well as an examination of the role stigma plays in clients’ recovery and day-to-day accomplishments. While most of the research will show that art therapy is mainly a tool in maintaining problematic behaviors, some evidence will prove that rehabilitation is possible with prolonged therapy. Finally, possibilities for clients’ futures will be explored.