IMPACT OF EXPRESSIVE THERAPY ON THE ADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR OF CHILDREN WITH MILD INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES
Keywords:Expressive therapy, Intellectual Disability, Adaptive Behavior, Personal growth, Wellness
Expressive Therapy is the therapeutic use of expressive and creative modalities (art, music, group chanting, poetry, drama, storytelling, movement/dance, sand play etc.), to address various mental health issues and to promote personal growth and wellness. Expressive Therapy is coordinated collections of personal growth method developed specifically to help children and adults neuro-psychologically who are in need. Expressive therapies add a unique dimension to psychotherapy and counseling because they have several specific characteristics not always found in strictly verbal therapies, Out of all types of disabilities, intellectual disability poses greater challenges than the other types do. This paper is an attempt to analyze whether Expressive Therapy influence the adaptive behavior of children with intellectual disability. The results prove that significant changes could be brought by giving Expressive Therapy to children with mild intellectual disabilities. Also it shows traditional methods of chanting mantras in Sanskrit can be added as a compulsory component in the curriculum of teacher training programs. It can be an effective technique to enhance study skills among children with mild intellectual disabilities
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