Effectiveness of Group Theraplay® on enhancing social skills among children with developmental disabilities
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AbstractTheraplay® is a play therapy approach that helps children form better relationships and attachments with others. It focuses on the nonverbal aspects of interaction. This study reports on a Group Theraplay program in a special school for children with developmental disabilities. Twenty-three students, arranged into four groups, participated in the year-long program that used Theraplay principles to enhance their social development. Results were compared with a group of 15 students who served as the comparison control. Data from the Social Responsiveness Scale showed that students from the Theraplay group had significant improvement in the subscale of "social communication" when compared with the comparison group. Feedback from teachers suggested new ideas in working with this group of children. A discussion of the rationale behind why Theraplay works for these children was presented. The limitations of this study and directions for future research are addressed.
All Author(s) ListSiu A.F.Y.
Journal nameInternational Journal of Play Therapy
Volume Number23
Issue Number4
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association
Place of PublicationUnited States
Pages187 - 203
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsChildren with developmental disabilities, Group intervention program, Theraplay®

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