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AFFONSO, Rosa Maria Lopes. Cognitive assessment of psychotic children play psychotherapeutic process. Bol. psicol [online]. 2012, vol.62, n.137, pp.201-220. ISSN 0006-5943.

This work investigated the evolution of the psychotic child's behavior through the therapeutic process based on Piaget's theory. Transcriptions of the sessions of 23 patients were analysed from a total of 31 clinical protocols. These patients were three to 12 years old and they were identified as having problems with the notions of space, time and causality. Four of them also showed suggestive indications of psychotic behavior. Another objective was to verify the effectiveness of the psychotherapeutic intervention on those four identified as having psychotic behavior. The children were submitted to an intervention through the psychoanalysis child play therapy. It was verified that the children began to demonstrate cognitive evolution since the fourth therapeutic session, evidencing that play psychotherapy offers conditions to the acquisition of notions when they are taken into account by the therapist. On the other hand, the children with psychotic diagnosis demonstrated more oscillations to acquire the notions of space, time and causality

Keywords : Childhood psychotic; play psychotherapy; health development; Piaget theory.

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