Have you ever heard about the Tunyogi Game Therapy?
The Tunyogi Game Therapy (TGT) is performed by the Hungarian Tunyogi Early Intervention Center (TEIC) and is primarily for infants, toddlers and small children with disabilities due to central nervous system damage or genetic disorders.
The method (TGT) expanded by Erzsébet Tunyogi combines drama games (actively involving children and their parents) with functional, pedagogical, psycho- and drama therapies. The composition of TGT programmes for individuals and small groups depends on the exact neurological status of the child, the diagnostic and functional measurement of visual and auditory functions together with mental status, with movement, intellectual and communication activities. TGT has a double objective: maximising sensomotor and learning skills development..
After the first anamnesis they aim to improve functions, correct injuries and regulate muscle tone within the framework of dramatic game situations and with the tools of functional therapy. They also apply various tools that develop balance and crossed movements. They have devised several games-based programmes to encourage the various sensory organs to operate properly; all of the sense are stimulated with light and sound programmes, encouraging the child’s development of learning skills. The efficiency of TGT relies on a sufficiently long timeframe being granted; on the proper selection of the dramatic framework (when the leading therapist is actively part of the game, their role is to keep the session on track either in a main or in a supporting role); - on the active participation and support of the parents; and on the continued implementation of the programme by the parents at home with the child, which will aid their child’s understanding of the process.
The lifelong education begins in the craddle, when – during the games – the pedagogical principles first appear. With the aid of drama games the therapist teach, educate and moreover assess development.
A mentally disharmonic child can hardly be integrated which is why the harmonising of mental processes is a very important part of TGT. In TGT the parents are constantly supported mentally in an individual and mutual form, and also during everyday therapy with their child. The most important goal of a TGT therapist is healing both the damaged soul and body equally via both the game situation and everyday life to make living an almost normal life possible for disabled people in our society.
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