2015 Byrne, J., Ip, H. H. S., Lau, K. S., Li, R. C., Tso, A., and Choi, C. InSPAL: An Expressive Psychoeducational Model Integrating Virtual Technology with Elements of Expressive Arts Therapy”, In The Fifth Suzhou Expressive Arts Therapy Symposium, Suzhou, China.
In this paper we introduce The Interactive Sensory Program for Affective Learning (InSPAL) a pioneering virtual learning programme designed for the severely intellectually disabled (SID) students, who are having cognitive deficiencies and other sensory-motor handicaps, and thus need more help and attention in overcoming their learning difficulties. Through combining and integrating interactive media and virtual reality technology with the principles of art therapy and relevant pedagogical techniques, InSPAL aims to strengthen SID students’ pre-learning abilities, promote their self-awareness, decrease behavioral interferences with learning as well as social interaction, enhance their communication and thus promote their quality of life. Results of our study show that students who went through our programme were more focused, and the ability to do things more independently increased by 15%. Moreover, 50% of the students showed a marked improvement in the ability to raise their hands in response, thus increasing their communication skills. The use of therapeutic interventions enabled a better control to the body, mind and emotions, resulting a greater performance and better participation.
With the increasing development and implementation of 3D visualization and interactive media technologies in education under the auspices of game-based , experiential, virtual reality (VR)  or smart ambience  (defined here as a VR environment that is responsive to user’s natural motion/gesture within it) learning, students and teachers are increasingly exposed to new and unique forms of learning experiences that go beyond those possible with traditional teaching methods.
2013 Ip, H. H. S., Byrne, J., Lau, K. S. Y., Li, R. C., Tso, A., & Choi, C. Interactive Sensory Program for Affective Learning (InSPAL): An Innovative Learning Program Combining Interactive Media and Virtual Reality for Severely Intellectually Disabled Students. In Hybrid Learning and Continuing Education (pp. 199-207). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
As art therapy rapidly makes its mark across Asia, this book documents how the field of art therapy is taking shape as both a profession and a discipline in this region. It looks at how art therapists in Asia are assimilating Western models and adapting them to create unique home-grown practices. Building on theory, research and practice that has been developed in the West, practitioners throughout Asia are creating innovative art therapy programs that reflect cultural diversity and draw on ideas from Chinese medicine and Eastern philosophy, spirituality and art traditions. With chapters from leading art therapists and community artists in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, China, India, The Philippines and Singapore, this book pulls together thought-provoking perspectives and effective approaches from which East and West can both learn. The first of its kind, this book will be an informative and inspiring addition to the bookshelves of all art therapy professionals and students, as well as anyone with an interest in Eastern cultures and cross-cultural working.
2011 Horace Ho-Shing Ip, Julia Byrne, Shuk Han Cheng, Ron Chi-Wai Kwok and Maria Sau-Wai Lam, “Smart Ambience for Affective Learning (SAMAL): An Innovative Exploration for Integrating Immersive Virtual Reality in Education”, Proceedings of the International Conference on e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and E-Learning (IC4E 2011). 2010 Horace H. S. Ip, Julia Byrne, Shuk…
By Michael Gibb 10 January 2006 Researchers at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and their collaborating partners from the Hong Kong Association of Art Therapists (HKAAT) have unveiled Smart Ambience Therapy (SAT). SAT is a pioneering application of interactive media and virtual reality technology in art therapy, particularly for the psychotherapy of children who…
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