Facilitating social skill development in children with special needs through a multimodal creative arts therapy group: a qualitative group case study

Zhou, Jinglong Eva (2014) Facilitating social skill development in children with special needs through a multimodal creative arts therapy group: a qualitative group case study. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Facilitating social skill development in children with special needs through a multimodal creative arts therapy group: a qualitative group case study
Synopsis:

Children are naturally self-centric when they were born, so it takes time to teach and train them to think of others, respect others’ thoughts, accept negotiation, take turns and make positive interactions in social environment (Matson, 2009, Santrock, 2008). Children with special needs, especially with impairments of speech and interaction are likely to have difficulties of initiating conversation, building and maintaining healthy relationships (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).Using a qualitative group case study, the purpose of this research is to demonstrate how applying multiple approaches facilitates social skill development in children with special needs, and to examine the role of art therapy in furthering group interaction in a creative arts therapy group. This study advocates that utilizing multiple creative approaches, such as drawing, making crafts, using clay, singing, playing instruments, telling story and pretend play, in arts therapy group is effective in promoting interaction among the group and engaging children with special needs in therapeutic process. Moreover, during the process, art therapy plays an essential role in facilitating abstract thinking and symbolic representation for these children who have difficulties with recalling memories and imagination. The experimental group which including six children with special needs aged from four to six years old underwent eight arts therapy sessions weekly with an art therapist intern and a fulltime female music therapist from September to November 2013. In the study, using multiple approaches and how it affected the group dynamics will be demonstrated. Hereinto, the important progress and changes in social skill development through the treatment will be emphasized and discussed.

Subjects: Art Therapy > Art Therapy -- Children
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 09:02
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 09:02
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/340

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