Conversation Pieces


This page shows some examples and trials of the research on conversations with people with movement difficulty.
Together with Tessa van Charldorp and in collaboration with De Hoogstraat rehabilitation centre, we are searching for the most effective way to conduct conversations about body awareness, locating sensations, the experience of movement and body sensitivity in general.  


Patients are supported to train movement via cognitive stimuli and coach-like support. On a mental basis patients are invited to talk about mental struggles and emotional effects of their situation, generally supported via creative therapy.
The body is, however, treated as an instrument that can be fixed by continuous training. It is a very pragmatic approach. Patients are showing an immense mental power to continue to improve, but loose a sense of the sensitivities and sensations of the body. Patients show a certain degree of denial of the affected body part.
The effected body part becomes more like an attached object, then part of one’s whole body.

We are going to investigate what kind of questions evoke the patient to talk about the smallest sensations and locate these sensations of the effected parts.
Our common goal is find out what kind of questions (during viewing and making of art) lead to embodiment, movement, reflection, self-insight and a different way of looking at one's own body. We want to investigate this specifically for patients with movement difficulty using a scientific method that focuses on the analysis of conversations.

We will, to a certain degree, be able to monitor what happens to the patient and his/her rehabilitation trajectory, to see if it makes a difference in recovery. For this part we will be supported by De Hoogstraat and all specialists involved at the location.
















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