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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The TTAP Method at St. Thomas Aquinas and Cornell University





I thought I would share some interesting photos from the Cornell University and Weil Medical College study, which was conducted in January through May 2009. View these "capturing" images from both my students who are learning the TTAP Method and the participants at Cornell "doing" the TTAP Method. Here are some of those images, notice the concentration and the "flow" as the participants explore the creative arts in painting and mask making...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

The students TTAP Method study at Cornell







I thought I would share some interesting photos from the Cornell University and Weil Medical College study, which was conducted in January through May 2009. View these "capturing" images from both my students who are learning the TTAP Method and the participants at Cornell "doing" the TTAP Method. Here are some of those images, notice the concentration and the "flow" as the participants explore the creative arts in painting and mask making.

This research study was presented at the Gerontological Society Annual Conference in November, 2010. For more infomation go to geron.org.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Listen to a Podcast by Dr. Levine Madori on the TTAP Method Approach

Click Here to listen to a Podcast interview with Dr. Levine-Madori over the TTAP Method©

"Art Therapist Melissa Solorzano speaks with Dr. Linda Levine Madori. With a quarter-century of experience in the field of gerontology, Dr. Levine Madori has explored the relationship of arts and aging. The Certified Recreation Therapist and Board Certified Art Therapist is the author of a new, breakthrough book, Therapeutic Thematic Arts Programming for Older Adults.She has helped, those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s, having designed innovative creative arts programs and worked with the elderly, skilled nurses, caregivers, and residents of assisted living and senior housing."

(Description taken directly from the Creative Therapy Sessions website developed by Melissa Solorzano)



Visit the website, under publications to read about the 7 efficacy research studies conducted over the last two years.

A special thanks for Melissa Solorzano for spearheading podcasts for Art Therapists!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

How Alzheimer's is directly affected through the TTAP Method

The TTAP Method is a Multimodal approach - which is defined as a program that addresses behavior, affect, sensation, imagery intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships. This construct was first developed by psychologist, Arnold Lazarus in the 1950's and has been proven to be the most effective approach for the individual diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
The following is an image of the specific refions of the brain stimulated through the TTAP Method
Step 2 - Music and Meditation
If you continue to add the other Steps to your programming, such as
Step 3- Drawing and Painting the brain is stimulated further.


KEEP POSTED FOR HOW THE BRAIN IS STIMULATED IN
ALL 9 STEPS OF THE TTAP METHOD!




Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DID YOU KNOW THAT?



THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN AT BEECHTREE HEALTHCARE AND REHABILITATION FACILITY, AS YOU WILL NOTE THE STAFF IS ASSISTING THE INDIVIDUALS AS THEY COMPLETE THEIR PROJECTS.

The Theme Centered Approach supports the participants’ independence through personal choices, directly enhancing person centered programming (Dombeck, 1983).

Group members naturally support each other as the group cohesiveness is continually reinforced through the sharing, and caring for each other (Levine Madori, 2009).

The actual “thinking” about where to place objects within an art activity, is now know to stimulate cognition as well as enhance self perceived identity in the art group (Moon, 2002).