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Ways of integrating arts therapies into preschool therapy for child with speech and language disorders

Larisa Jereb (2016) Ways of integrating arts therapies into preschool therapy for child with speech and language disorders. MSc thesis.

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    In this master's thesis, I will study the connection between the field of communication, language and speech, and arts therapy. I will also discuss the possibility of integrating arts therapy into treatment for speech and language disorders. This connection between the two fields was chosen because of an anticipated mutual evolution dating back to the Homo sapiens, symbolic thinking, which is the base for both, and studies, proving that language is not limited to a specific area of our brain, but rather that in order to function properly it combines together many areas, similar as in art. Through multiple areas of the brain working together we enable a whole development of communication, language and speech, and of an individual as well. Art offers an excellent staring point in nonverbal communication, which can be developed into a verbal communication. The nonverbal base can serve as a safe haven, through which we step into an area that needs support, development, which in this case is the verbal part of communication. We discuss fields of arts therapy and introduce in greater detail drama therapy, which was the base for preparing the activity, described in my empirical part of the thesis. I described the similarities in cerebral processing of art and of communication, language and speech. There are some activities, which, based on the literature, can help to develop various areas of communication, language and speech. The activities are divided based on the areas, not disorders. The therapist can use them as a guideline while planning other activities. In connection with my research, I tested some of these activities on a girl with multiple speech and language disorders. My focus was on drama therapy, because it includes all fields of arts therapy. Hoping for a better effect, l also tried to include at least two more fields of arts therapy, beside communication, language and speech. The results of the study have shown that the girl excepted the integrated technics of arts therapy into treatment for communication, speech and language disorders with greater enthusiasm and motivation, which in some cases resulted in a faster mastering of a skill. Connecting both fields offers us a variety of opportunities, not only for making the treatment more interesting and diverse, but for developing a whole treatment, which exceeds the separation into voices and words, and develops communication as well as the individual in the broader sense.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: communication disorders, speech and language disorders, verbal and nonverbal communication, arts therapies, drama therapy, art therapy, music therapy, dance therapy
    Number of Pages: 115
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. Alenka VidrihMentor
    doc. dr. Martina OzbičComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11118665)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 3621
    Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2016 12:10
    Last Modified: 26 Aug 2016 12:10
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/3621

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