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Art and intellectual disability: Exploratory evaluation of the diARTE programme

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The present work offers an exploratory evaluation of the possible benefits of the diARTE programme. This programme was applied to a group of adults with mild intellectual disability (ID) and/or learning disorders from a pre-working centre in Seville (Spain). The intervention was characterized by the use of different artistic disciplines in order to improve their social skills. It was applied in eight sessions, each of them two hours long, for two months. Data on the possible benefits of the intervention were obtained in two ways: observation and interviews. Results suggest that there were improvements in self-knowledge and verbal and non-verbal ability, and learning and assimilation of artistic resources in order to deal with emotional situations.
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Keywords: art; creative practice; intellectual disability; learning disabilities; self-knowledge; social skills

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Seville

Publication date: December 1, 2017

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