Inclusive Drama & Art Programme for Youths with Special Educational Needs (SENart project), funded by the Health Bureau, provides arts-based-oriented school-based training groups for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). The project incorporates the elements of drama therapy and expressive art therapy to design the art-based intervention group to cultivate students’ creativity, improve their mental health, and enhance their confidence and social competence.
The project also provides expressive arts workshops for parents and caregivers to alleviate their parental stress, improve emotional well-being and realize the creativity and uniqueness of their children.
In addition, the project provides practical experience sharing and consulting services to teaching staff in order to enhance their understanding of the application of arts-based training activities and its effectiveness.
Students with ASD often encounter difficulties in communicating and interacting with others, making it challenging for them to express themselves and interpret others’thoughts and feelings. For students with ADHD, they often find it difficult to sustain attention in activities, easily becoming distracted and seeming inattentive. Some of them may also display the features of hyperactivity and impulsivity, as well as restless, excessive talking and an inability to engage in activities quietly. These challenges often result in difficulties in social interaction and learning.
The program incorporates elements of expressive arts therapy and drama therapy to provide comprehensive training and support for students apart from the current skills training intervention approaches. Expressive arts therapy combines visual arts, music, movement, and creative writing to enhance students' self-awareness and self-expression while improving their mental well-being. Drama therapy, on the other hand, utilizes theatrical elements and focuses on personal growth, emphasizing collaborative interaction among students. Through this approach, students in the group can express themselves, explore their inner thoughts, alleviate emotional distress, and improve their mental health.
|Primary and secondary school students
diagnosed/suspected to have ASD or AD/HD
Art-based activity group：
- Expressive arts group
- Drama group
- Enhance self-recognition
- Enhance social competence
- Improve emotional well-being
|Parents and caregivers
- Expressive art workshops
- Relieve parental stress
- Enhance the parental self-efficacy of parents/caregivers
|Teaching staff/School personnel
- Practical experience sharing
- Enhance skills of supporting students diagnosed/suspected to have ASD or ADHD
The service is free of charge.
|Unit 2, 1/F, Hoi Kiu Commercial Building, No .158 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong
||9861 9529 (Consultation hotline / WhatsApp)