6th International Congress of the WIAMH
Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, August 13 - 15, 1999.
ART THERAPY AND REHABILITATION IN THE CENTRE "STEPS OF HOPE"
Ajša MAHMUTAGIĆĆ, Adem MAHMUTAGIĆ, Azra DELALIĆ,
Faculty for Special Education of the Tuzla University,
On the case of seven children with mobility disturbances, we have applied the rehabilitation and special education programme of the art therapy with visual and mobile, tactile and manipulative, as well as cognitive and perceptive stimulation, with the goal to release creative potentials. In the environment of individually and collectively invented creation, we had applied various contents and techniques – drawing, painting, palm and finger painting, modelling, etc – with various materials – clay, pasta, paper, dry flowers, dry fruits, harvest, fabric, wool, metal, plastic and other. The general impression is that the applied rehabilitation method of art therapy had improved the level of visual and mobile, tactile and manipulative, as well as perceptive and cognitive activities in the analytical and synthetic stimulation. It had decreased the level of aggression and depression and had initiated spontaneous mechanisms of compensation. It had also improved acceptance of own handicap, raised the level of self-confidence, improved imagination, and attention; and generally had contributed to psychosocial adaptation as the preposition for successful social integration. Positive influence of creative therapy is also seen in strengthening of inner motivation, aesthetic and functional quality, mobility and physical position. Those children had also shown interest in aesthetic formulation of the environment in which they lived, and that is another indicator of the art therapy influence.
Key words: Rehabilitation – Creativity – Therapy
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