“Learning is always rebellion….Every bit of new truth discovered is revolutionary to what was believed before.”

– Margaret Lee Runbeck


‘Vinati’ is our research unit where we analyze data by a triangulation of assessment & evaluation gathered from qualitative & quantitative analysis of observation formats, standardized tests and ABT tools.

‘Vinati’, which means to seek/request, is the research unit at the foundation. Through this we examine and question our current practices, understand and build new methodologies in art based therapy, improvise content and set best practices.

At the center, teachers and facilitators constantly document and collect data during their sessions with the children. These notes become the basis for our research work. The findings from these sessions are further analyzed by triangulation of assessment and evaluation gathered from qualitative and quantitative analysis of observation formats, standardized tests and ABT tools.

Research done so far

The following is the research work done by our team of ABT practitioners with the present set of children:

  • Tiny Steps ( Through the Ups and Downs) -A study using Arts Based Therapy as a tool for working with children with special needs – Manasa DJ (2015)sf-author Manasa 
  • Exploring Arts Based Therapy for non verbal children in the Autism Spectrum- Achuta Nadapana (2014)  sf-author Achuta.pdf
  • Creating a buddy model using Arts Based Therapy as a tool in working with children with ASD -Sasha Braganza (2014) –sf- author Sasha.pdf
  • Motivation and Relaxation using ABT to enhance Language Acquisition and Articulation in Adolescents with Autism- Anagha K.A (2013) sf-author Anagha.pdf 
  • Exploring the potential of social awareness with a special needs group through internal peer interactions and buddy system- Pallavi Chander (2012).sf-author Pallavi.pdf
  • Studying using ABT intervention in the development of Oral motor, gross motor and limbic coordination in children with developmental delays-Salomi Jacob (2012).  sf- author Salomi.pdf
  • Holistic Learning and Inclusion for children with developmental delays in motor, language and cognition-  Gitanjali Sarangan (2011)sf- author Gitanjali.pdf

Ongoing research work

The following are some of the ongoing research work at the center:

  • Oota Thota is a kitchen garden and cooking project explores the influence of providing integrated learning spaces for children with special needs.
  • Pipilika is a project that involves the parents and caregivers of children with special needs. It looks at how unlearning in adults can help in therapeutic processes for both the child with special needs and the parent. It also explores the effects of sharing creative learning spaces between parents and children with special needs.
  • Exploring the Buddy System across age groups and in a cross disabled group to understand how it can lead to peer learning and socio-cognitive growth
  • Effects of exposing a multi-disability group to only Arts Based Therapy
  • Trends and challenges in working with a cross disabled group across age groups. …
  • Understanding the approach to sexuality with adolescent boys and girls – of both regular and special population