How psychodrama can be used as intervention with a preschooler who has sensory integration difficulties

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Elzette Fritz en
dc.contributor.author Veldsman, Talita
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-12T07:46:38Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-12T07:46:38Z
dc.date.issued 2010-07-12T07:46:38Z
dc.date.submitted 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/3331
dc.description M.Ed. en
dc.description.abstract Merriam (1998) says that “learning involves a sensory experience, a mental activity and emotional dimension”. We therefore use our senses to make sense of our environment. Impaired sensory integration affects learning and development as the individual is often unable to execute and handle the normal demands of everyday life. Sensory integration difficulties manifest in the classroom as learning difficulties (Kranowitz, 2005). As educational psychologists, we intervene in learning difficulties and need to know how to assist children who present with sensory integration difficulties. The research study explored psychodrama as a possible intervention for a preschooler who presents with sensory integration difficulties. The value of drama in education has been emphasized throughout history (Way, 1967; Slade, 1995, Read, 1949) and has been called the most effective method in developing awareness of the world around us (Way, 1967). The research study explored how psychodrama allowed a preschooler the opportunity to make sense of the environment and use play, creativity, movement and spontaneity to become an active artist who established change in her life. For the purpose of this research study, a qualitative research approach was chosen as the key concern was to understand psychodrama from the participant’s perspective (Babbie & Mouton, 2001). A case study design was utilized to explore psychodrama as a therapeutic intervention for sensory integration. Data collection methods included interviewing the parents, teacher and occupational therapist of the preschooler, observations during sessions as well as documentation such as a reflective journal. In order to explore how psychodrama can be used with a preschooler with sensory integration difficulties, I chose thematic data analysis. Themes that emerged during the data analysis included that psychodrama should take place in conjunction with occupational therapy, be used as an opportunity for social skills development, and be based on the child’s unique sensory profile and consistent messages within a structured environment. The study concludes with a discussion of recommendations for future research and limitations of the study. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Sensorimotor integration en
dc.subject Psychodrama research en
dc.title How psychodrama can be used as intervention with a preschooler who has sensory integration difficulties en
dc.type Thesis en

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