Date of Award
Open Access Dissertation
This dissertation in practice presents a phenomenological action research study that integrated yoga, meditation, and art therapy into the elementary art room to promote social–emotional learning and combat complex trauma. The practitioner used surveys and interviews to investigate student perceptions of the mindfulness exercises and art therapy activities, as well as explore the psychological and physiological effects of the combined practices. Students in Grades 2–5 engaged in the activities in a weekly after-school Art Club at a public elementary school in downtown Washington, D.C. over the course of 1 month. Results suggest the combined practices had a calming and peaceful impact on participants, as well as reducing hyperactivity, particularly for boys, upper-elementary students, and participants struggling with mental health challenges.
Kelly, K. E.(2023). Using Yoga, Meditation, and Art Therapy to Combat Complex Trauma and Promote Social–Emotional Learning in the Art Room. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/7313