Expressive Art Therapy workshop was conducted for the children of Special Education Unit at SAMADHAN, Dakshinpuri Centre on 12th July 2017 by Atreyu Samuel Balasundaram  along with Ms. Aparna Samuel Balasundaram. Atreyu is a science student of grade 12th and Volunteer at SAMADHAN. He is the grandson of Mrs. Pramila Balasundaram (Founder of SAMADHAN). Atreyu with his interaction from early years with SAMADHAN, has developed a keen personal and professional interest in the Special Needs/Intellectual Disability space and a mission is to learn, grow and work in this field, from a neuroscience perspective.  

Ms. Aparna Samuel Balasundaram is a Psychotherapist and Chief Service Officer, Light house organisation, New Delhi.

Art therapy has been used as an effective therapeutic tool with special need children. Expressing through art, involves different motor, somatosensory, visual, emotional, and cognitive aspects of information processing with the activation of the corresponding neurophysiological processes and brain structures.[Lusebrink,,2004]. Using art allows for an alternate means of communication and self-expression and also provides us with another avenue into the inner world, emotions, thought patterns and workings of a special needs person that might be inhibited in the ways they can assimilate, share and communicate.

The session was on ART and my FEELINGS. It focussed on - “what makes me angry and what makes me happy”.  The resource persons used visual aids (on the computer) to show the children faces that depicted anger and happiness. Then asked them about what made them feel angry/happy. With the help of the teachers, the resource persons attempted to communicate with the children.With the use of visual aids and demonstrating [role modelling] of facial expression, the children drew on the paper using colours of their choice. It has been observed that three of the children could comprehend and express through art in the workshop. The children had great fun with colours and enjoyed the session.

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21st International Conference of Asian Federation for Intellectually Disabled (AFID) from 7th to 11th October 2013 at India Habitat Center, New Delhi

ALL persons with intellectual disability, parents , teachers and activists are invited to write in and appraise oneself of this exciting event, which will provide opportunities for  every one involved with intellectual disability in any way.  To become a part of this conference, send us your agency name, contact person's name, email address and  telephone.  We will be in touch with you.


At India International Center , New Delhi

SAMADHAN cordially invites persons with intellectual disabilities to participate in the ‘National Exhibition of Paintings by Intellectually Disabled Persons’ to be held on 7th & 8th April 2012, at India International Center, New Delhi.

The painting, along with the duly filled up and verified ENTRY FORM  should reach Samadhan, Dwarka  by 20th March 2012.

The three best paintings will be selected for an award and awardees (along with one accompanying guardian)   will be given return train fare to Delhi so as he/she can receive the award in person.  There may be some consolation prizes as well.  The painting should comply with the SPECIFICATIONS given in Entry Form.