Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

ABRIL 2019 N° 3 Volumen 22

Art therapy and learning disability

Section: Serie

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Aguado Jara A. Arteterapia y discapacidad intelectual. Metas Enferm abr 2019; 22(3):72-7.


Ascensión Aguado Jara

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Ascensión Aguado Jara. Ronda Caballero de La Mancha, 61. 28034 Madrid


Art Therapy can offer those persons with learning disability an enabling environment for the development of personal and interpersonal resources that promote an improvement in their quality of life. This is an experiential way of working, which does not need to involve verbal language; however, it involves putting into play essential cognitive resources regarding the processes of self-knowledge, self-determination and emotional regulation, and therefore it is useful as driver, enabler and promoter of change and transformation processes, particularly in those cases where the pathways typically used are not being effective.
This article examines the need of persons with leaning disability, and describes the contributions that can be made from Art Therapy regarding these needs, with the aim to increase the wellbeing and quality of life of these persons. Finally, this is illustrated with the description of a case.


Art therapy; learning disability; quality of life; wellbeing

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Arteterapia y discapacidad intelectual