This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition brain injuries
Treatment expressive arts--theatre skills training program
Phase phase 1/phase 2
Sponsor University of Toronto
Collaborator Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Start date July 2007
End date July 2009
Trial size 8 participants
Trial identifier NCT00434603, 001


This study utilizes a novel technique—expressive arts therapy—to facilitate social integration for youth recovering from acquired brain injury (ABI). Expressive arts therapy is defined as the use of the arts and artistic media to explore psychological aspects of life. An expressive art (also referred to as 'creative arts' or even just 'arts') encompasses drama, music, art (visual arts such as painting, sculpture etc) and dance/movement. It has great potential to improve community integration for youth recovering from ABI, through facilitating skills required for successful social communication and social cognition. It is hypothesized to improve social and emotional functioning compared to a less structured creative arts program. It is expected that a combination of directed group activities and self-reflection within a creative learning context will improve emotional awareness and social and community integration to a greater degree than a non-expressive creative arts therapy group, in youth who have suffered an ABIAs community integration enables meaningful and productive occupational engagement, enabling opportunities for occupational engagement through increased community integration would greatly enhance the quality of life of adolescents with ABI.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Observational model case control
Time perspective prospective

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 13 years up to 16 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - At least 6 months post injury - Difficulties in social and emotional functioning - Entering Grades 10 and 11 in 2007 - English fluency Exclusion Criteria: - Extreme behaviour, mood and cognitive disturbance

Additional Information

Official title Expressive Arts as a Social and Community Integration Tool for Adolescents With Acquired Brain Injury: "I Want to Thrive, Not Just Survive!"
Principal investigator Michelle Keightley
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in February 2009.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Toronto.