A visit to La Scala Theater Museum, with the ability to see a small version of the Magic Flute Mozart, It has positive effects on subjects with autism spectrum disorders, psychopathology and cognitive deficits, in terms of social and health, difficult to reach with other types of interventions. This is the surprising result of the pilot study carried out in collaboration between the VSM Foundation of Villa Santa Maria, Multiservice Center for Neuropsychiatry of childhood and adolescence based in Tavernerio (Como), and Theater Museum at La Scala in Milan.
The initiative, the first of its kind in Italy, had the aim of identifying the feasibility of a special use the museum experience in underage persons and adults with different forms of neuropsychiatric disorders. Conduct through involvement of small groups of patients in charge to the Center, Yes It is carried out through the measurement of the state of wellbeing of Participants in the days leading up to the visit to the Museum and next period.
Using a tool created specifically to allow even individuals with intellectual disabilities to express clearly its sensations, it was possible to detect their wellbeing before and after the visit, in the course of which they have been proposed to them a personalized program, trained as a cultural mediator, and experience listening music, conductor Fabio Nogués, teacher at the Como and the Academy Theater La Scala in Milan, and his pupils, with a readjustment The Magic Flute by Mozart.
The positive effects, which will be explained today during the conference entitled The museum magic against interference neuropsychiatric: an amazing spa, which will take place at 18 at La Scala Theater Museum (attached program), They were evident.
The measurement of wellbeing in the earlier days allowed establish a baseline level of wellbeing reference, with a average value of 66 in the group of children with autism, 58 in the group of adolescents with psychopathology and 60 in the adult group cognitive disabilities and mental retardation. The measurement of wellbeing shortly after the aesthetic experience has highlighted a strong emotional impact with a statistically significant increase the momentary psychological well-being, it has appeared 37% in Group of kids with autism, of the 64% in the adolescent group with psychopathology and 50% in the group of adults with disabilities cognitive and mental retardation. All have reached values close to the maximum of well-being threshold.
"Our Accessibility Project A boundless Museum, of that this conference is one of the happiest works, allowed the Museum to undertake several initiatives in recent years pilot is in the field of motor disabilities, sensory and psychic, and in that the contrast marginalization social", He stressed Dr Donatella Brunazzi, Director of the Theater Museum at La Scala. "Today one of the first duties museum cultural institution is to make concrete, as primary law the same way as food, home, work, Equality and Citizenship, the right to the enjoyment of art, culture and beauty, the history of civilization contemporary of which our cultural heritage is the maximum witness and interpreter. A right to memory to feel all citizens of the future ".
"As the art-therapy benefits are well known, especially with regard to degenerative diseases such Alzheimer's, He had not yet been able to measure objectively the benefits in terms of well-being ", He explained Professor Enzo Grossi, Scientific Director of the Foundation VSM of Villa Santa Maria. "This pilot study allowed to fill the void, noting, however, such positive results by imagine being able to replicate such experiences on a broad scale as real actions to promote the wellbeing and of health, even in the case of people with autism spectrum disorders autism and neuropsychiatric disorders. "