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, ABT tools and API tools.

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

– Margaret Lee Runbeck

‘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 Snehadhara, we are constantly looking for opportunities to evolve our work, and research provides us for a sound basis to do so.

Our research work started with our ABT trainees and practitioners working with the children, with an aim to understand the population better. Our ongoing research includes work with different marginalised populations by our Arts Practices for Inclusion course participants, and research projects undertaken with our children and their families at the Nelamangala campus.

At the centre, facilitators constantly document and collect data during their sessions with the children. The notes and findings from these sessions are further analysed by triangulation of assessment and evaluation gathered from qualitative and quantitative analysis of observation formats, standardised tests and ABT and API tools. Data is also collected from parents about their experiences and the home lives of the children to occupy a holistic approach to research.

Current Research

The following is the research done by our facilitators pertaining to the children at the Nelamangala campus to understand the merit in our semi-residential setup and how it impacts the overall growth and development of the child. True to the essence of community living, the setup is such that research integrates facilitators, support team members, and families of the children into the process.

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Completed Research Project
Presented at the Purple International Summit for Inclusive Education in Goa, January 2024
Socio-Emotional and Inclusion Well-Being for Persons with Disabilities using Arts Practices for Inclusion Vibha Bhat, Dr. Gitanjali Govindrajan, Yashaswini Gupta2024
Completed Research Project
Presented at the International Conference on Inclusive Collaborative Practices in Inclusive Settings by Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Building Inclusion with Special Needs
Populations: A Social Inclusion Model Using Arts Practices
Vibha Bhat, Yashaswini Gupta, Dr. Gitanjali Govindrajan, Vigya Jain2022
Completed Research ProjectExploring the impact of Arts-Based Curriculum and Pedagogy in the context of Inclusive Community Living for Individuals with Special NeedsVibha Bhat, Athira Maria Somy and Dr. Gitanjali Sarangan2022
Completed Research ProjectAn assessment of the impact of Arts Practices for Inclusion teachings on psychosocial and inclusion well being in different marginalised populations, including children with special needs, children at risk, senior citizens, and women from low socio-economic backgrounds. Yashaswini Gupta, Dr. Gitanjali Sarangan and Team at Prajnadhara2022
Completed Research ProjectExamining Experiences of Parenting Children with Special Needs and Perspectives on Community Living in the Indian ContextYashaswini Gupta, Anisha Badri and Dr. Gitanjali Sarangan2021

Research by ABT Practitioners

The following research has been completed by our team of ABT practitioners in the previous years.

Rajeshwari GVistara - Expansion of Arts for non verbal children in Autistic spectrum2019

Parvathi GA Window of Hope2019

Krutika MadhokMeraki - The Impressions we leave2019

Arun Kumar HuchappaCommunicating Compassionately Through Arts2018

Rohini ChidambaranMy Journey with Blessed Souls through the Path of Creative Arts2018

Vani JoshiMore than Words2018

Bunty ShresthaA Journey guided by the enormous power of the Arts – social interaction, impulse control, and language articulation of the adolescents on ASD and with multiple special needs2017

Manasa DJTiny Steps ( Through the Ups and Downs) -A study using Arts Based Therapy as a tool for working with children with special needs2015

Achuta NadapanaExploring Arts Based Therapy for non verbal children in the Autism Spectrum2014

Sasha BraganzaCreating a buddy model using Arts Based Therapy as a tool in working with children with ASD2014

Anagha K.AMotivation and Relaxation using ABT to enhance Language Acquisition and Articulation in Adolescents with Autism2013

Pallavi ChanderExploring the potential of social awareness with a special needs group through internal peer interactions and buddy system2012

Salomi JacobStudying using ABT intervention in the development of Oral motor, gross motor and limbic coordination in children with developmental delays2012

Gitanjali SaranganHolistic Learning and Inclusion for children with developmental delays in motor, language and cognition2011