Children, Asthma and the Power of Art Therapy

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2010-05-15 08:47

Participating in art therapy sessions can have a healing effect on children who have asthma, according to researchers at National Jewish Health. Children experienced less anxiety and fear both during the seven-week art therapy study and for months thereafter.

Although this was the first randomized study to examine the impact of art therapy on children who have asthma, another study conducted ten years ago looked at the relationship between children’s ability to perceive their asthma symptoms through drawings.

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At the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center JFK Partners, investigators found that a specific clinical tool (Gabriels Asthma Perception Drawing Scales) was helpful in assessing children’s feelings and perceptions about asthma. Results indicated that girls verbalized significantly more feelings about their asthma and were better at identifying airflow changes in their small airways than boys.

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