Use in therapy



 use of origami

Carlos Pomaron


1985 as an aid to therapy
Mariuccia Paparo


in treating drug addiction
with handicapped
with prisoners
Tony Cheng


1995 in mental health out-patient department
Yurii & Katrin Shumakovs


1995 used origami in schools and hospitals and conducted scientific research
Research details
Marilyn Lewis

Forensic Psychological Specialist

Florida, USA

2001 "Origami is truly a miracle in a sheet of paper. I am writing a research proposal and research paper on using origami as a cognitive and therapeutic tool. I am researching the use of origami to decrease anxiety, decrease aggression, and increase problem solving skills. I would love to hear from anyone interesting in origami research." . . ."

Occupational Therapists


 use of origami

Tooru Kanazawa

New York

1958 in occupational therapy dept.(psychiatric)
Paul Castle


1976 in psychiatric hospital
Marmer Loretta

New Jersey

1991 in rehabilitation of patients
Anita van der Louw


1992 in helping elderly
Gold Scott-Brian


in helping physical handicap
in child special education
Alice Fung


2000 An 8 years old patient had a fracture of the little finger. Five weeks after he had the operation of tendon and nerve repair, Alice used origami to help him to have hand exercise activities with good result.



 use of origami

 Dr John Hillery


Consultant psychiatrist
Director of communication and education at the College of Psychiatrists 


 Dr John Hillery reckons   it's all to do with our need for undemanding time out.

"Involvement in an activity that is absorbing and challenging is good for one's mental health," he explains.

"We spend much of our day worrying about issues out of our control, so an activity like origami, which requires total concentration and action, but with achievable challenges leading to a product, absorbs our mind and gives us a feeling of mastery and achievement.

"That in turn helps shut out the negative noises, both internal and external, and builds self-esteem - both keys to positive mental health."

Why folding-paper is the new mindfulnes

Dr. Sylvia Cerel-Suhl



 The lesson uses origami,  to teach children about heart health. 

                Kids Art 4 Hearts proejct 

Promote concepts: Let’s move -  eat right -  and don’t smoke

 Example of how art helps learning, problem-solving and creativity

Dr. Ron Levy



in rehabilitation of hands after surgery
For details
 Dr. Leon L. Bernhardt, psychiartrist  


 1999 in group therapy.   

Art Therapist


 use of origami

Toshiko Kobayashi

New York, USA

Since 1997 "Started Origami art therapy for after school program and children with vision impairment, juvenile delinquency, and senior people. I am also a crisis counselor of Project Liberty using origami to help traumatized people. Before I came to the US I organized Origami workshops in Palestine from 1997 to 2001. I found that origami is an effective communication tool allowing people to express themselves safely and productively"

Origami Therapy in New York
Madoka (Takada) Urhausen


Long Beach, CA USA

Since 1999 Working with children, adolescents and families in transition dealing with mental illness and relational issues.

Loyola Marymount University Master's Thesis(1999): Explorations of Origami as an Art Therapy Modality.

Terry Johnston

Topeka, Kansas, USA

Since 1981 Helping clients in the last 18 years with problems of :-
Low self esteem, anxiety, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Defiant disorder, Boredom, Rapport building etc.
He also used origami to assess their level of comprehension, ability to follow directions; to evaluate their attention span and tolerance level etc...



use of origami

Mary-Lee Milldam


1962 in rehabilitation of orthopaedic cases
George Ho


1993 in helping patients in psychiatric hospital
Terry Hood


1997 in helping patients in psychiatric hospital
John E. Clark

Texas, USA

1994 in helping patients in Post Open Heart Unit and students of mental retardation school
Lynda Artusio

Maryland, USA

2002 "I am a clinical nurse specialist in mental health. I work in an adult detention center with approximately 450 inmates. After discovering your site, I have been using origami to work with some of my seriously mentally ill inmates. I have also found that it really helps my severely anxious inmates. Thank you so much for your insight into the benefits of origami and for your wonderful site. Lynda Artusio......RN, MS, CS-P"



 use of origami

Charles Sydney Gibbes


1914 As a tutor, Gibbes had difficulty to communicate with Csarevitch. The nine-year-old boy was withdrawn with a long history of sickness. One day they made paper hats together. The Czarevitch's hat turned out badly. Then Gibbs started to fold a box. As they folded the box the Czarevitch began to speak English for the first time. Later Gibbs showed him how to make another hat, this time successfully. The Czarevitch was very excited by his achievement and made several more hats, some for his friends. This is one of the first recorded instances of using paperfolding as a therapy found in the diary of Gibbes. ----- "Tutor to the Tsarevitch" by J.C. Trewin, published in London, 1975
Michel Lucas

Nantes, France

2005 A retired Professor in Computer Science, working on a project (Aveuglami) in helping initially 16 clients with visual impairments. Also will give lectures to future origami teachers.
Julie Medhurst


2004 "As an Advisory Teacher, I have started working with children of Primary School age. The youngest was 6 years old. The children had a variety of difficulties, including: * Cerebral Palsy, * ADHD, * Autistic Spectrum Disorder, * Language difficulties, * Emotional difficulties, * Dyslexia, * Difficulties with literacy and numeracy.

I have been delighted to see the gradual change in these children. I have encouraged teaching assistants and other teaching colleagues to try origami with children and I have had plenty of positive feedback.

I am organizing some training on origami in June when I hope that teaching assistants will learn about the educational and emotional benefits of origami and have the opportunity to try their hand(s) at paper-folding.

I am keen to get as many children as possible involved in this frequently overlooked activity.

I have started a small collection of children's work and hope to extend on this after the training session.

Your webpage has been very useful and informative. It spurred me on to suggest origami for a child who was awaiting counselling and the waiting list is so long and she seems so unhappy. Just after one session, she smiled and was pleased with her first creation. Working with a chosen friend, she listened and followed instructions with great care. I hope that her sessions will give her pleasure and make her feel worthwhile again."

Nick Robinson


1992 helping clients with disabilities
Clemente Eduardo 1992 helping students (completed survey of 55 teachers)

Speech Therapists


 use of origami

Gwyneth Radcliffe 1992 She uses origami because of the attractiveness. Origami is also useful to improve attention skills, as a tool for improving language development and particularly useful in improving sequencing skills. It was very embarrass to be taken out of the class to receive therapy. She used origami successfully to help the children to overcome this. A reluctant patient has become one eager to work in order to earn his origami.  When return from therapy he got something to show off to his classmates.

Child Therapist


 use of origami

Alexandra Ranieri

Cherry Hill, NJ USA

Since 1995 "In the inpatient as well as outpatient units I used origami in group therapy and individual therapy for children and adolescents. Origami can be a tool to promote listening and following directions, as well as to increase self-esteem through creation and accomplishment. Clients enjoyed completing their origami projects and being able to have a sense of productiveness about them."

Other Professionals


 use of origami

John Smith 1995 in helping handicapped children

Elsje van der Ploeg


1992 in therapy
Tiggelaar Everdien


1992 in helping an autistic boy with depression            
 Bernie Peyton
wildlife biologist

 He learned of the power of origami to help.  He entertained the sick sister with his creations.
  Creates Smiles - For-Sick-Children
Michaele Bertsch


Stress Counseller


"I offer 'origami therapy'   working with hyperactive children,   adults with brain injuries   and   elderly people with Alzheimer's and arthritis," 

She is passionate about the therapeutic benefits of origami as a way to improve mobility in people suffering   Parkinson's   or   arthritis, to help concentration and patience in kids with ADHD, confidence-building in autistic children, improving short-term memory and the calming and relaxing effects of following a simple step-by-step process.

George Ho - origami  1993 - 2016 c