Neurological disorders include any disorders triggered from damage within brain and nervous systems. Functioning may be impaired when chemicals in the brain are produced in excessive or decreased amounts. Depending on the nature of the disorder and part of the brain affected, symptoms could include impaired movement, communication, memory, attention, and emotional difficulties. These symptoms may be progressive in nature. Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy and Huntington’s Disease are examples of Neurological Disorders.
Creative arts therapy can enhance brain plasticity by activating non-damaged brain areas to support reorganization of the brain system. Therapy can become part of a rehabilitation program or can be used to prevent future decline. The arts also provide opportunities to address psychological concerns providing an outlet for processing emotional difficulties and developing ways to cope with an acquired illness or injury.
At ITA, individual therapy sessions address both physical and emotional needs of individuals. Group sessions provide opportunities for members to connect with each other through the arts and create a sense of unity and support. ITA has partnered with the Rehabilitation Insitute of Chicago and Northwestern Memorial Hospital providing creative arts therapy as part of inpatient and outpatient programs. Therapists work closely with allied health professionals to collaborate on treatment goals and co-treat sessions when appropriate.