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Type of Resource: text

Genre: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Issuance: single unit

Date Created: Fall 2013

Date Issued: 2013

Publisher: Florida Atlantic University

Physical Form: Online Resource

Extent: 219 p.

Language(s): English

Summary: This qualitative case study investigated the impact of sand tray on individualsdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Four participants successfullycompleted the creation of sand trays while the researcher observed, interviewed, anddocumented the individual sand trays. The intervention established that sand tray allowsthe dementia patient to kinesthetically connect to their inner cognitions through theintentional symbolic expression offered by this unique therapeutic medium. Using aseries of eight sand trays of varying thematic concepts, the participants were offered amodality to facilitate a synthesization of their continued individuation, presenting apossible neural pathway to connect and express thoughts, feelings, emotions, concerns,challenges, and fears. The findings of this study include the fact that all trays wereclassified as “empty” and that the majority of the participants placed objects almostexclusively on the right side of the tray, which is commonly associated with the concreteor conscious side. The use of sand tray allowed each individual the opportunity to create autobiographies in the sand and literally navigate through time – past, present, and future, confronting fears, expressing hope and possibilities. The results of the research study offer insight into the psychotherapeutic effects of using sand tray with dementia patients, as well as a better understanding of the cognitive and expressive abilities and limitations of an individual with impaired memory. The results also offer insight into the difficulties with short-term memory in this population and possibly indicate a potential means for monitoring cognitive decline. Keywords: Neurocognitive disorder, Alzheimer’s, dementia, sand tray, play therapy

Identifier: FA0004043 (IID)

Note(s): Includes bibliography.Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2013.

Subject(s): Alzheimer's disease -- TreatmentCognition disorders -- TreatmentCognitive psychologyPlay therapyPsychodiagnosticsSandplay -- Therapeutic use

Held by: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library

Sublocation: Boca Raton, Fla.

Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fau/fd/FA0004043

Restrictions on Access: All rights reserved by the source institution

Owner Institution: FAU



Autor: Parsons, Mindy A., author Peluso, Paul R. Dr., Thesis advisor College of Education, Degree grantor

Fuente: http://fau.digital.flvc.org/islandora/object/fau%3A13087



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