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Strengthening emotional bonds : a theoretical exploration of developmental transformations and the facilitation of attachment between parents and children with autism

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Strengthening emotional bonds : a theoretical exploration of developmental transformations and the facilitation of attachment between parents and children with autism

Braginton, Katherine N (2008) Strengthening emotional bonds : a theoretical exploration of developmental transformations and the facilitation of attachment between parents and children with autism. Other thesis, Concordia University.

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This paper explores the drama therapeutic approach of Developmental Transformations and how its inherent play processes may be beneficial to the strengthening of attachment between children with autism and their parents. Through this exploration, theoretical connections will be made linking the potential therapeutic benefits of Developmental Transformations (DvT), an intervention based on a developmental paradigm, to the gaps in developmental functioning seen in those with autism. Many theories advocate children's engagement in play due to its tremendous developmental benefits; however, the action-oriented play approach of DvT has never been applied to children with autism. Benefits of DvT include increased spontaneity, increased physical expression, and an increased ability to access and project internal emotional states, all of which are considered deficient areas in children with autism. This paper also explores attachment theory in relation to the fostering of emotional growth through play interventions. Based on the core deficits associated with autism, some research indicates that children with autism are prone to disorganized attachments. Parental participation in play processes with their children, such as occurs in DvT, facilitates engagement and create a shared experience with their children. Ultimately, this generates meaningful associations for children with autism between the play experience and their parents, thus contributing to the development of securely-attached relationships.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Authors:Braginton, Katherine N
Series Name:Research Paper
Pagination:vi, 97 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies
Date:2008
Thesis Supervisor(s):Harnden, Bonnie
ID Code:975674
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:12
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:40
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