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Experience with a person with autism

posted Oct 29, 2012, 4:26 PM by Administrator   [ updated Nov 14, 2012, 6:03 AM by Mathias Dekeyser ]
The aim of this work is to explore the experience of the autor with contact and the use of the method of contact reflections within the encounter with adult persons with autism. The purpose of engaging the method of contact reflections, which comes from Pretherapy (Prouty, 1976), besides an intention to facilitate contact of a person with autism and the author herself, is also to acquaint the reader with this development of 'person-centered approach'. The study is focused on the experience of the author with the contact and engaging contact reflections during intensive personal encounters with people with autism, which is self-reflectively created in the narrative through diaries. Consequently, the experience is synthetized and analyzed through heuristic phenomenological methodology according to Moustakas (1990). In the end the author points to the main components of her experience (for example: Internal change, Contact reflections as a medium of contact, Effort for the own approach,...), that are presented in the depiction of the essence of the experience and in the creative synthesis.

Štěpánková, R. (2011). Experience with a person with autism. Phenomenological study of experience with contact and contact reflections. Unpublished master's thesis. Masaryk University, Faculty of Social Studies, Department of Psychology, Brno, Czech Republic.