Art Therapy Using Sensory Stimulation for Low Functioning Developmentally Disabled Adults
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Through Art Therapy, sensory-focused activities can be used with low functioning developmentally disabled adults. Using a structured model to guide an Art Therapist when selecting and conducting activities that provide meaning and encourage participation is beneficial. Intense interaction between the Art Therapist and the low functioning developmentally disabled adult is necessary so that they feel valued and are able to communicate effectively through other means besides only language. Many low functioning developmentally disabled adults function on a sensory level, but do not have the opportunity to develop their senses. Using visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, and gustatory stimulated activities will stimulate and activate a low functioning developmentally disabled adult's sensory system giving them more opportunities to use their senses and communication skills everyday enabling them to enhance their lives.