The Strengths And Weaknesses Of School Based Therapy Essay

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Owens, Granader and Baron-Cohen acknowledge the strengths and weaknesses of school-based therapy versus clinical based therapy. While the school-based therapy is more adept to focusing on “theory of mind, eye contact and play with preferred toys” (Owens et al., 2008, p. 1945) due to the possibility of larger and more frequent group settings. Peer “therapists” can also be brought in as a play mentor and model. Sessions at a clinic tend to focus more on “social initiations and responses, emotion recognition and group problem solving” (Owens et al., 2008, p. 1945). One play-based method of therapy includes the use of LEGOs. Groups of three children are given specific jobs with the task of creating a designated project. Interest to complete the project is high due to the fact that many AS children enjoy LEGOs. They play centered around building appropriate social interactions, identifying verbal and nonverbal rules, solving problems creatively and working together to complete the task. Research found that those participating in the study were better able to generalize their learned skills when playing in other situations (Owens et al., 2008, p. 1945).
Going to physical and occupational therapy can improve a child’s motor skills and help them with daily tasks such as eating, playing and sleeping (Attwood, 2007, p. 17). “One of the movement disturbances associated with Asperger’s syndrome is lax joints” (Attwood, 2007, p. 263). David Miedzianik gives his account of the
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