The Use of Art in Stroke Group Therapy


  • Penny A. Adsit BSN MAE CRRN,

    Rehabilitation Nurse Clinician, Corresponding author
      Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital, Greenville, SC 29605.
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  • Jacqueline Lee BA MSW

Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital, Greenville, SC 29605.


This article proposes that the use of art with a stroke group is an excellent method of facilitating communication. Most stroke patients, whether right or left hemiplegics, can participate in this form of group therapy. Participants and group leaders find it to be a rewarding method of communication. While stroke patients express physical goals with therapists, their emotional goals may often be overlooked. Art projects allow stroke patients to express expectations, goals and feelings regarding themselves, their families, friends, and environmental needs. Patients also express feelings about the rehabilitation program and their adjustment to policies and procedures. Art therapy is a method of data assessment useful in planning rehabilitative goals with the patient and family.