Art Therapy in Special Needs Education Research Proposal by Nicky

Art Therapy in Special Needs Education
A research proposal for grant funding from Prince William County for the incorporation of art therapy in educating special needs children.
# 151537 | 1,391 words | 16 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 24, 2012 in Education (Special) , Art (General)

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The paper presents the thesis that art therapy is beneficial in the education of students with special needs. The paper then outlines this study's research questions and methodology and provides a literature review. The paper finds that art therapy has been effective in educating students with special needs and specifically in assisting these students in building their communication skills, self awareness and as well in balancing their emotions and ego strengths. The paper presents recommendations that this proposed project receive funding for arts therapy to be instituted.

Statement of Thesis
Research Questions
Significance of the Study
Proposed Methodology
Literature Review
Conclusion & Recommendations

From the Paper:

"Art therapy has as its purpose providing encouragement to children in expressing their feelings, participating in new tasks and learning creativity. (Henley, 1998; Hume & Hiti, 1988; Sundaram, 1995; Zamierowski, 1980 in Aguila, nd) Art therapy "...involves different tasks that allow children to be in the "artist's seat", and uses their creativity to form different kinds of artwork. This would include being able to perform simple acts such as learning where to find various art materials, choosing the correct materials needed for specific projects, or knowing how to clean up the mess from those projects." (Aguila, nd) Art therapists are Masters-level professionals who possess extensive knowledge of and are able to practice, counseling theories and techniques with people of all ages, in a variety of settings including schools." (Jarboe, 2002) Jarboe states that the responsibility of the Art or Expressive Therapist within the school setting is to assist students in expressing and containing their internal conflicts "...while facilitating their ability to implement change. School Art Therapists collaborate with the teaching and counseling staff as well as parents, to establish treatment goals and objectives that are appropriate within a school system." (2002)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Augila, Leslie A. (nd) The Uses of Art Therapy with Exceptional Children. Exceptional Children - The Center for Children and Families. Online available at:
  • Carter, J.L. (1979). Art therapy and learning disabled children. Art Psychotherapy, 6, 51 - 56.
  • Henley, D. (1998). Art therapy in a socialization program for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. American Journal of Art Therapy, 37(1), 2 - 11.
  • Hume, S.C. and Hiti, J.N. (1988). A rationale and model for group art therapy with mentally retarded adolescents. The American Journal of Art Therapy, 27, 2 - 12.
  • Jarboe, Eve C. (2002) Art Therapy: A Proposal for Inclusion in School Settings Journal of New Horizons for Learning. September 2002. Online available at:

Cite this Research Proposal:

APA Format

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MLA Format

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