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We're published!

We are proud to announce that research of our Circus Arts Therapy® program has been peer-reviewed and published. The data-driven study, run by Carrie Heller (Social Worker, Play Therapist, and Circus Artist) and Dr. Lauren Taglialatela (Kennesaw State University), provides empirical evidence that the Circus Arts Therapy® program created by Carrie Heller, is a beneficial therapeutic tool. The article, Circus Arts Therapy® Fitness and Play Therapy Program Shows Positive Clinical Results can be found in the International Journal of Play Therapy, April 2018 edition: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pla0000068 

(download a free copy of the manuscript here.)

THE AUTHORS / RESEARCHERS

Carrie Heller, MSW, LCSW, RPT is the founder of the Circus Arts Institute in Atlanta, GA and creator of Circus Arts Therapy®. She has been learning/teaching Circus Arts since 1972 and using Circus as a play therapy tool in her therapy practice since 1988. Click here to read more about Carrie.

Lauren Taglialatela, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Kennesaw State University and has been learning/teaching Circus Arts since 1996. She has made over 80 conference presentations, won numerous teaching awards, mentored countless students, and written 3 book chapters and 9 articles.


SUMMARIZED FINDINGS

1) Teamwork significantly improved after one session of Circus Arts Therapy® and remained significantly higher than baseline after two sessions of Circus Arts Therapy®.

2) Physicality significantly improved after one session of Circus Arts Therapy® and remained significantly higher than baseline after two sessions.

3) Following directions significantly improved after two sessions of Circus Arts Therapy®.

4) Although not statistically significant, the emotional control (evidenced by the number of meltdowns per week) improved with parents reporting fewer meltdowns after one and two sessions of Circus Arts Therapy®.

5) Although not statistically significant, we did see improvement in sociability with peers and adults.



Click here to download the manuscript at no charge.

Click here to purchase the published article through the International Journal of Play Therapy

Click here to read more about Circus Arts Therapy®.

For questions, contact Carrie.

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