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Exploring how Gestalt Play therapists establish sensory contact with children who have sensory integration disorders

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dc.contributor.advisor Jacobs, S. (Dr.)
dc.contributor.author Van Zyl, Elsie Wilhemina
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-05T09:46:12Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-05T09:46:12Z
dc.date.issued 2011-10-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4897
dc.description.abstract Children who have sensory integration disorders face many physical, social and emotional challenges. Unusual emotional and behavioural reactions to sensory stimuli are often displayed. These children are referred to professionals including Gestalt play therapists, although formal training in sensory integration is limited to the scope of occupational therapy. Gestalt play therapists routinely utilize sensory rich activities during therapy. This study sought to explore and describe how Gestalt play therapists establish sensory contact with children who have sensory integration disorders. A combined qualitative and quantitative approach was utilized. A questionnaire and semi-structured interviews were used to gain rich descriptive data. Participants felt that the therapeutic process with these children was markedly different than with other children. Participants who were aware of their own sensory difficulties demonstrated an increased ability to accommodate these children in therapy. A need for increased knowledge and/ or training in sensory integration was strongly expressed. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (ix, 175 leaves : ill. (some col.))
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Sensory integration en
dc.subject Sensory integration dysfunction en
dc.subject Gestalt play therapy en
dc.subject Sensory contact en
dc.subject.ddc 616.89143
dc.subject.lcsh Gestalt therapy
dc.subject.lcsh Sensorimotor integration
dc.subject.lcsh Learning disabilities -- Treatment
dc.subject.lcsh Play therapy
dc.title Exploring how Gestalt Play therapists establish sensory contact with children who have sensory integration disorders en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Social Work
dc.description.degree M. Diac. (Play Therapy)


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