Dhirubhai Ambani International SchoolClass of 2022Mumbai, Maharashtra
AboutHi! My name is Trayi and my Polygence project is on investigating the effect of art therapy on the quality of life of people with Down Syndrome. I chose to work on this project after heading a service club in school that worked with a creative center for intellectually disabled adults. I loved doing art with them, but then I got to thinking - how much does this help them in the long run? Now that my project is over, I wish to continue working with them and trying to help their community in any way I can.
- "Analyzing the Effect of Art Therapy on Enhancing the Quality of Life in People With Down Syndrome" with mentor brittney (Sept. 11, 2022)
Analyzing the Effect of Art Therapy on Enhancing the Quality of Life in People With Down Syndrome
Started Apr. 15, 2022
Abstract or project description
Down Syndrome is a special condition that arises when a person inherits one extra chromosome more than usual, leading to them having three copies of chromosome 21 rather than two. This extra copy results in both physical and cognitive symptoms, as well as an increased risk of developing illnesses like hearing loss and heart defects. There is also a marked increased risk of getting Alzheimer’s, one of the most common types of dementia, which typically begins with memory loss and progresses to impair a person’s ability to do the simplest of tasks. Though the quality of life of people with mental disabilities has improved over the years, it is important to investigate further. This paper aims to evaluate studies that have been done on the effect of art therapy on the quality of life of people with Down Syndrome. Studies done on people with Alzheimer’s relating to art therapy have also been mentioned in this paper as the condition has additional symptoms that may add to previous ailments already being experienced by those with Down Syndrome. Art therapy is “the use of artistic methods to treat psychological disorders and enhance mental health” (Cherry, 2021). There has also been research done that suggests that engaging in creative activities, such as art, can improve mental health as well as delay dementia in some cases, which is a symptom of Alzheimer’s. However it must be considered that to truly test the effect of Art Therapy on people with Down Syndrome, studies must be conducted with appropriate participant samples.