Painting Therapy and Childhood Learning Disorders

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Maryam Zhiani
Mehrnaz Ahmadi

Abstract

Objective: This study tended to determine the effectiveness of painting therapy on anxiety and learning disorders of children of single parents.


Method: The method was a quasi-experimental pretest-posttest design with a control group. The statistical population consisted of male and female students with single parents in the second to fifth grades of elementary school. The samples included 30 male and female students in two experimental and control groups matched based on gender and educational level.The instruments included the revised Colorado learning difficulties questionnaire (Willcuttet al., 2011), and arttherapy protocol (Case&DallyT, 2014), which included 12 painting and language learning sessions, which were online because of Coronavirus outbreak and closure of schools.


Results: Analysis of pre-test and post-test results showed that painting therapy was effective in reducing social anxiety disorder, reading, social cognition, spatial perception, and math of students in the experimental group.


Conclusion: The results of follow-up test after 8 weeks also confirmed the stability of positive changes.

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