Dana Swarbrick

This year’s annual Society for Neuroscience conference hosted over 30,000 researchers in San Diego, California. Presentations highlighted how researchers’artistic passions combined with neuroscience can facilitate rehabilitation. This article highlights research and the annual “Dialogues Between Neuroscience and Society” lecture by legendary jazz guitarist, Pat Metheny.

Denise DuBois

There are many ways in which art can be therapeutic. This short commentary features the perspectives of two young artists with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It explores their experiences and art through the lens of occupational therapy and occupational science, as well as how the role of art may be viewed from the perspective of a motivator for functional goals or a meaningful activity.

Alexandra Thompson & Cori Snow

This article explores creative therapies in rehabilitation. The Creative Works Studio (CWS) provides an example of creative therapies in mental illness and/or addiction rehabilitation. Although founded by an occupational therapist, the CWS has recently lost direct occupational therapy involvement. This article advocates for the inclusion of occupational therapists in programs like the CWS.

Tania Ruiz-Chapman & Rebecca Renwick

‘Pathways to Belonging’ is a qualitative research project that uses an arts-based methodology, called socio-spatial mapping, to study how young adults (YA) with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) come to feel and experience a sense of belonging. It aims to uncover the contexts and conditions that foster and promote a sense of belonging for YA with IDD.