Theatre Exchange – Adolescents with ABI

This creative arts training program was part of a research project called “Expressive Arts as a Tool to Improve Social Skills and Community Integration for Adolescents with ABI: I want to thrive not just survive!”  The research project was initiated by Dr Michelle Keightley, of the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at University of Toronto, who recognized a deficit in traditional social skills training for clients recovering from a brain injury.  The creative program asked participants to use and improve on flexible and creative thinking, concentration, self-awareness, collaboration, listening and observing, and relaxation.  The research project aimed to assess how effectively a flexible, experiential creative program, using primarily theatre and acting exercises, assisted teenagers with brain injury in improving social skills and community integration.

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