We are proud to announce that research of our Circus Arts Therapy® program is peer-reviewed and published. The data-driven study, run by Carrie Heller, Social Worker and Play Therapist and Dr. Lauren Taglialatela of Kennesaw University, provides empirical evidence that the program created by Carrie Heller, Circus Arts Therapy®, 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 here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pla0000068
The Authors / Researchers
Carrie Heller, MSW, LCSW, RPT
Carrie, founder of the Circus Arts Institute in Atlanta, GA and creator of Circus Arts Therapy®, has been learning/teaching Circus Arts for 45 years and using Circus as a play therapy tool in her therapy practice for 30 years.
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Lauren Taglialatela, PhD
Lauren Taglialatela, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Kennesaw State University and has be playing with the 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.
1) Teamwork significantly improved after one session of CAT and remained significantly higher than baseline after two sessions of CAT.
2) Physicality significantly improved after one session of CAT and remained significantly higher than baseline after two sessions.
3) Following directions significantly improved after two sessions of CAT.
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 CAT (baseline: 2.71, one session: 2.21, two sessions: 2.14).
5) Although not statistically significant, we did see improvement in sociability with peers and adults.