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Psychotherapeutic Approach to Developmental Disorders
(Developmental Disorders Research Domain)

Project Leader
Toshio Kawai, Ph.D., Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University

Collaborative Research Affiliates
Yasuhiro Tanaka, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University (Clinical Psychology)
Takashi Okada, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Nagoya University (Psychiatric Medicine)
Yoshiko Kurokawa, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Literature, Bukkyo University (Clinical Psychology)
Yusuke Takashima, Ph.D., Lecturer, Tenri University (Clinical Psychology)
Chihiro Hatanaka, Counselor, Ritsumeikan University (Clinical Psychology)

Collaborative Project Researchers
Yuka Ogiso, Doctoral Student, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University
Takae Tanaka, Doctoral Student, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University
Nozomi Kato, Doctoral Student, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University
Masafumi Iseri, Doctoral Student, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University

Brain science has advanced the study of developmental disorders in recent years, in conjunction with which, pharmacotherapy and training have become the main approaches. Psychotherapeutic methods are used mainly to treat secondary disorders stemming from developmental disorders. However, Kyoto University’s psycho-educational counseling office has used psychotherapeutic methods effectively to treat both adults and children with developmental disorders. Over the past three years, we have held many case study conferences based on these results, determining that one main characteristic of developmental disorders is a lack of subject, and confirming the effectiveness of psychotherapeutic methods to assist the development of subject. Based on such previous results, this academic year we want to compare two groups of children with developmental disorders, namely (1) those who take only developmental tests and (2) those who undergo treatment using psychotherapeutic methods, in cooperation with psychiatrist Takashi Okada. We plan to apply the psychotherapeutic method for six months. We seek to understand the essence of psychotherapeutic methods for treating developmental disorders through both research and case study conferences. By doing so, we believe that the psychotherapeutic approach will become more often used as an important treatment option for developmental disorders. We will also provide accurate information about these matters to both specialists and non-specialists in the general public.