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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Fonoaudiologia

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Abstract

WIETHAN, Fernanda Marafiga; SOUZA, Ana Paula Ramos de  and  KLINGER, Ellen Fernanda. Group therapy approach with mothers of children with language impairment. Rev. soc. bras. fonoaudiol. [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.3, pp. 442-451. ISSN 1516-8034.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-80342010000300021.

The aim of this study was to investigate the efficiency of a group therapy approach with mothers of subjects with language impairment to promote changes in the dialogic interaction of the mother-child dyad. Four mother-child dyads participated in this study. The procedures were an initial interview with the mothers and filming of the dyads engaged in an interaction situation before and after therapeutic intervention, in order to interpret the mother's speech and the dialogic activity, as well as to verify the efficacy of group sessions. Group therapy consisted of eight meetings with the mothers, in which varied issues regarding child development were discussed. The results showed that the intervention improved mother-child interaction. The group therapy approach not only helped mothers in their role, welcoming their demands, but was also an important alternative in clinics of the public health system, since it can reduce the waiting time for Speech-Language Pathology assistance.

Keywords : Speech therapy; Child; Mothers; Language disorders; Mother-child relations; Psychotherapy, group.

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