WHAT IS THE COMMUNICATION THERAPY IN MENTAL HEALTH?
Communication Therapy in childhood psychosis involves treatment of speech, language, and interactional behaviour as well as attention to the cognitive substrate that underlies communication performance. As such, Communication Therapy with the psychotic child is concerned with the child’s difficulties with the structure, the meaning, and the function of aspeech act.
The particular approach to be described here is based on the hypothesis that self-awareness and other awareness deficits that characterize childhood psychosis have consequences for speech, language, and concept acquisition and maintenance. A child who is psychotic is not adequately aware of his own internal states and action, and not adequately open to receiving information from the environment. The development of language and concepts seems to be dependent on:
1) The ability to adequately monitor one’s own actions and thoughts.
2) The ability to monitor actions and events outside the self (including language).
3) The ability to assess…
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