The Journal of Rehabilitation Psychology
Online ISSN : 2436-6234
Print ISSN : 0389-5599
Case Studies
Self-reliance learning activity for a student with physical disabilities using Dohsa-hou therapy
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2023 Volume 49 Issue 1 Pages 53-65


Dohsa-hou is a Japanese therapeutic method used for self-reliance activities in special needs education, which focuses on psychosocial aspects and motor skills.

This study demonstrates this fact using a case study. In this study, I set out an education plan for a student with physical disabilities without intellectual disability based on self-reliance activity using the Dohsa-hou technique.

At the beginning of this therapy, the student was confused and evasive because he had not learned to properly deal with his physical characteristics, movement difficulties, and bodily sensations. Therefore, apart from body awareness interventions, I facilitated verbal communication and improved his attitude toward the task. Additionally, he managed to stand and walk with support. By doing something that he could not in the past, his learning motivation was enhanced. Consequently, his motor skills improved, and he actively practiced walking at home.

Through this case study, I studied the effectiveness of the Dohsa-hou therapy based on the concept of self-reliance.

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