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Art & Creative Writing

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Introduction

Art & Creative Writing are both great hobbies. They are both possible, even if you have an Intellectual Impairment. Most Intellectual Impairments will not prevent you from enjoying some form of Art or Creative Writing.

Creative writing is any writing that goes outside the bounds of normal professional, journalistic, academic, or technical forms of literature. Both fictional and non-fictional works fall into this category, including such forms as novels, biographies, short stories, and poems, while Art can include a number of activities including:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Pottery
  • Beadwork, etc

Art & Creative Writing are not only great hobbies and a lot of fun, but are also:

  • a form of escapism
  • a form of therapy
  • a way to earn money
  • a way that the individual can regain a feeling of self worth - they feel that they can create something.
  • is a good way to educate others, how people with disabilities can create their own art.

A form of escapism

 

Art Therapy 

Art therapy (also known as arts therapy) is a creative method of expression used as a therapeutic technique. Art therapy originated in the fields of art and psychotherapy and may vary in definition.

Art therapy may focus on the creative art-making process itself, as therapy, or on the analysis of expression gained through an exchange of patient and therapist interaction. The therapist interprets the client's symbolic self-expression as communicated in the art and elicits interpretations from the client.

In the mental health profession, art therapy is employed in many clinical and other settings with diverse populations. Art therapy can also be found in non-clinical settings, as well as in art studios and in creativity development workshops. Art therapists work with populations of all ages and with a wide variety of disorders and diseases. Art therapists provide services to children, adolescents, and adults, whether as individuals, couples, families, or groups.

Art therapists choose materials and interventions appropriate to their clients’ needs and design sessions to achieve therapeutic goals and objectives. They use the creative process to help their clients increase insight, cope with stress, work through traumatic experiences, increase cognitive, memory and neurosensory abilities, improve interpersonal relationships and achieve greater self-fulfillment.

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