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Ioshinobou SHOI, Ioaioi KOMOTO, Hitoshi NAKATA

 

 

EDUCATION, ART AND THERAPY USING PUPPETS

 

 

Japan

 

            This article was presented by three Japanese professionalists in special education. Based upon their own long experience in using puppets in practice they explored in a scientific way the influence of art in the education of disabled persons and in diving support to the process of "giving sense" to the surrounding. They explained the concept of art-therapy and put an accent on the role of the puppet as a mediator in the educational process. There were few case-studies of their clinical practice given, which conferred the usefulness of puppet therapy method in the education of handicapped children.