Spring 5-2016

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


This article focused on the impact of art therapy in students with special needs at Paradigm Adult Services. The art therapy program was implemented to reduce negative student behaviors and to assist staff in better understanding their students while creating a more positive and innovative way of communication and interaction within the program. The researcher selected four students with moderate to severe disabilities and worked with them for four weeks. Each of the four students with various disability levels used a variety of soothing colors of paint in order to express themselves through their artwork, which was later showcased for other adult care programs to view. The project’s findings concluded that art therapy made an impact on the special education community and created a stronger learning environment for students by developing student emotions as well as creating an alternate outlet of expression through art.

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