Ivana Lessner Listiakova

Ivana Lessner Listiakova
University of Suffolk | UC Suffolk

PhD

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Introduction
Dr Ivana Lessner Listiakova is a Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Suffolk. Her research and areas of interest include multisensory approaches and expressive art therapies. She has worked with children with learning difficulties and disorders, autism, ADHD, sensory processing difficulties, and multiple disabilities.
Additional affiliations
April 2013 - September 2015
Palacký University Olomouc
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Dramatherapy research - quantitative, qualitative and art-based research methodologies. Dramatherapy with clients with addiction, clients with intellectual disabilities.
April 2013 - September 2015
Palacký University Olomouc
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Dramatherapeutic techniques Dramatherapy Research Methodology
November 2012 - February 2018
Comenius University Bratislava
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Research in therapeutic strategies in education - learning support, life competencies support - through the means of expressive therapies (art therapy, drama therapy, bibliotherapy), occupational therapy, play therapy and multisensory environments.
Education
September 2013 - December 2013
New York University
Field of study
  • drama therapy
September 2009 - August 2012
Comenius University Bratislava
Field of study
  • Preschool and Elementary Education
September 2008 - January 2009
Eötvös Loránd University
Field of study
  • special education

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Publications (57)
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Effective education is a crucial intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and it is vital that teachers are confident and appropriately skilled. However, a significant shortfall has been identified regarding teacher confidence and skills, both globally and more specifically regarding Central/Eastern Europe and the Balkans. To b...
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It has been identified that coastal communities (local authorities with coastal borders) face greater hardships that inland areas, with higher economic and social deprivation, low pay, and elevated unemployment and health issues. This British Academy funded study uses a qualitative methodology to explore the experience of families living with auti...
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Autism affects over 2% of the school population in England. Education has proven to be an effective intervention strategy that improves the quality of life of children with autism and their families. However, governmental austerity policies have increased disadvantage in coastal areas of England with a detrimental impact on people with disabilities...
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The basis of the publication consists of professional works of internationally recognized authorities, expanded by the experience from internships in other American, English and Dutch drama therapy institutions and the author's own drama therapy practice. "The publication should not be understood as an exhaustive compilation covering the given area...
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Access to sensitive settings can be achieved through suitable research methodology based on theoretical perspectives that empower the participants. Such research design presents research ‘with’ the participants rather than research ‘on’ them. It reflects their voices, making the research purposeful with a potential for social change. A research p...
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Legislation and policy within Croatia, the Republic of North Macedonia and Poland supports the educational inclusion of children with autism; however, such inclusion is nascent in these countries. A survey of experienced teachers working directly with children with autism in both inclusive and special schools was undertaken in winter 2018–19. Five...
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Women’s strategies for overcoming violence in intimate partner relationships: why theoretical perspective of the researchers matters to the participants Access to sensitive settings can be achieved through suitable research methodology based on theoretical perspectives that empower the participants. Such research design presents research ‘with’ t...
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This paper discusses the published literature regarding training for teachers with regard to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A critical literature review was carried out of papers published in English regarding this topic over the past 20 years as part of the mapping activity undertaken to develop a training programme for teachers in Croatia, Polan...
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The chapter explains theories of disability and Bronfenbrenner's model bio-ecological systems. Based on this knowledge it describes the International classification of functioning, disability and health. It analyses the use of ICF and ICF-CY in the context of research and practice of inclusive education.
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p class="Abstract">The paper presents results of the part of international survey on teachers’ opinion on autism characteristics and specific educational approach and treatment. Research was undertaken in Poland under the auspicies of ASD-EAST project using quantitative and qualitative methods. The results showed the significant differences in teac...
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The author of the paper compares several approaches in drama therapy from the perspective of their theoretical frameworks and methods used. A review of literature and conducted research is supplemented by a qualitative analysis of observations of drama therapy sessions.
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Porozumenie fungovaniu senzorického vnímania a zváženie vplyvu senzorických podnetov je na mieste pri poskytovaní liečebnopedagogickej intervencie pre všetkých klientov. Senzorické hľadisko tvorí súčasť liečebnopedagogickej diagnostiky. Intervencia sa v multisenzorických konceptoch pomoci zameriava na vytváranie podmienok, ktoré rešpektujú senzoric...
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The study introduces unique research results on the topic of artistically gifted and talented children and young people, and their interactions with the environment and exhibitions of Slovak galleries. Artistically gifted teenagers (N = 32) from different regions of Slovakia participated in the research. Based on the research results, we consider t...
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First presentation regarding our research project on the experience of families living with autism in rural coastal communities in England
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Introduction to the ASD-EAST teacher education in autism project, and an overview of the findings of the initial mapping activity.
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The chapter introduces the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health for Children and Youth in the context of its use by professionals in early childhood intervention in support in family settings. It introduces its categories, areas, structure, conditions for numeric qualifiers. It emphasizes its use in assessment of famil...
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The paper offers an overview of the research conducted in the area of the use of the story in bibliotherapy as one of the expressive therapies in therapeutic pedagogy. The research results were grouped into themes based on the use of the story in different application areas. Bibliotherapy has a variety of uses, application possibilities unify the h...
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The paper presents the methodological approach of art-based research as a form of conducting research studies in expressive art therapies. In art-based research, artistic means are applied as methods of data collecting and processing, as well as presenting research results. Besides being the object of studying, artistic activity and its products be...
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The paper analyses therapeutic educational dramatherapeutic sessions in the context of influence on sensory perception. It emphasizes the therapeutic benefit of sensory aspects in dramatherapy.
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The paper analyses the meaning of creative visual means in education, therapy and research. It demonstrates the importance of using non-verbal methods in pedagogical and therapeutic work with people who overcame trauma. It summarizes research results in this area and suggests possible applications of visual methods and their benefits in research. T...
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In the therapeutic use of modelling from clay, effective factors of multisensory therapeutic approaches overlap with the principles and processes of art therapy. Clay as a medium offers various sensory stimuli, including dispersed touch, temperature and smell. These inputs may serve as triggers for memories or emotional associations and as means of...
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The process of identity formation may be influenced by multiple factors. The study focuses on migration as one of these influencing factors. In a qualitative study, the researcher focused on the process of identity building and reconstructing after migrating from one country to another. It provides an analysis of the processes of adaptation in the...
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The poster analyses therapeutic educational dramatherapeutic sessions in the context of influence on sensory perception It emphasises the therapeutic benefit of sensory aspects in dramatherapy.
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The poster offers a review of research in the area of using stories in bibliotherapy as one of the expressive therapies in therapeutic education. The research results are thematically analysed depending on the way stories are used.
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The objective of the chapter is to emphasise the opportunities of interventions in therapeutic education when working with children with challenging behaviour using multisensory approaches.
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The objective of the chapter is to explain challenging behaviour of children from the perspective of sensory needs and to describe the means of assessment in different multisensory approaches.
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The chapter defines multisensory approaches in therapeutic education. It explains in detail some therapeutic concepts that utilise sensory perception as a means of change.
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The paper analyses international research results which were conducted within the framework of art therapy intervention oriented on adolescence. Using particular researches the authors describe the possibilities and limits of art therapy interventions during the life journey of adolescents, specifically in the areas of resilience, sociability, disa...
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Hra je již zavedeným terapeutickým prostředkem, který pomáhá odžít a zpracovat situace, které člověk prožil, případně mu pomáhá připravit se na věci, které ho čekají. Terapeutická hra má, stejně jako další terapeutické nástroje, svá pravidla, indikace a kontraindikace, může být významným motivačním faktorem v práci s klientem a zároveň ji lze využí...
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Early childhood occupational therapy is considered a comprehensive form of help, which is provided for children with risk development, children with potentially risk development and children with specific disabilities within the systems of their families. The presented paper comprises of the analysis of an occupational therapy intervention, a speci...
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The author of the paper analyses the process of a dramatherapy programme conducted in an institution of social services for people with intellectual disability. The goal of the programme was: developing clients' creativity and creating space for expression. The results of the qualitative research emphasize the aspects of dramatherapeutic way of wor...
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The paper deals with expressivity as a human characteristic, which is applied in art therapies. The author focuses on dramatherapy, defines key principles of dramatherapy and mentions the possibilities of enhancement of expressivity through these processes. The results of the conducted qualitative study indicate that dramatherapy creates space for...
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Problems in behaviour of children are present already in pre-school education. Dramatherapy offers the opportunity to solve difficult educational situations through the support of expressive art components. The authors present partial transcripts from research observations and they discuss the differences and common points of dramatherapy and drama...
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The author analyses an ergotherapy programme that was conducted long term within early childhood intervention with a client with a motor skill disadvantage. Based on the statistical evaluation (F test and Student's t-test) of pre-test and post-test results statistical significance was proven in the area of mobility (coordination and precision of mo...
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The paper deals with expressivity as a human characteristic, which is applied in art therapies. The author focuses on dramatherapy, defines key principles of dramatherapy and mentions the possibilities of enhancement of expressivity through these processes. The results of the conducted qualitative study indicate that dramatherapy creates space for...
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Psychomotoriktherapie orientiert sich an einem Pädagogischen-therapeutischen Konzept der Entwicklungsförderung. Sie Sich mit den befasst Wechselwirkungen Zwischen Wahrnehmen, Fühlen, Denken , Bewegen und verhalten , Eulen Deren körperlichem Ausdruck .Dieser Bericht bietet einen Überblick über die wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisse Psychomotorische The...
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Projekt E-learningové vzdelávacie moduly k problematike porúch správania je zameraný na podporu kompetencií odborníkov, študentov a rodičov v práci s deťmi s poruchami správania. Cieľom projektu je zhrnúť existujúce poznatky o poruchách správania a emócií detí z domácej a zahraničnej literatúry. Okrem vedeckých publikácií projekt prináša aj odborné...
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Zámer kapitoly Popísať vývinové špecifiká obdobia adolescencie a v tomto kontexte oboznámiť s najbežnejšími poruchami správania u dospievajúcich. Na základe výsledkov výskumov poukázať na dôležité aspekty vo výchove adolescentov s poruchami správania.
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This paper introduces the means of dramatherapy intervention at two sites - at the Centre for secondary prevention and treatment of addictions Military Hospital in Olomouc and Toxicological rehabilitation department 17B (community Mandala) Psychiatric Hospital in Kroměříž. The first workplace has a detoxifying and short-term intervention program (m...
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Dramatherapy constitutes an approach focused on promoting mental and psychosomatic wellbeing through the means of dramatic art and performance. North American Drama Therapy Association (2014) defines dramatherapy (British English: dramatherapy; American English: drama therapy) as "the intentional use of drama and/or theater processes to achieve the...
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The aim of the chapter is to become familiarized with the international dimension of the development of expressive therapy schools. Due to different methods alongside with a common line of artistic expression, the arts therapies have been forming separately in some countries, while other countries were inspired by existing theories and created ecle...
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The purpose of the chapter is to present different approaches in dramatherapy and analyze their overlaps, in the context of study opportunities of dramatherapy in tertiary level of education.
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Projekt Dramaterapie v sociálních službách probíhal za finanční, materiálové a odborné podpory projektu TERA Expresivní terapie Univerzity Palackého v Olomouci, který je spolufinancován Evropským sociálním fondem a státním rozpočtem České republiky (CZ. 1. 07/2. 4. 00/31. 0005). Díky finanční podpoře projektu mohl být tento způsob vzdělávání person...
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The article presents an analysis of three approaches in dramatherapy: role theory, psychodrama and developmental transformations. Particular approaches were selected regarding their central position and long tradition among dramatherapeutic schools of thought in the North American and European context, especially at New York University. The analysi...
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The paper presents a pilot study introducing an instrument of evaluation in dramatherapy focused on self-evaluation of dramatherapists involved in the dramatherapeutic process. The research team of Palacky University in Olomouc developed a self-observation scale that dramatherapists complete after each provided dramatherapeutic session. The creatio...
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The contribution discusses the importance of multisensory environment and its components in therapeutic-educational assessment and therapy. Authors based their work on the concepts of basal stimulation, sensory integration and Snoezelen therapy, which they apply in work with clients in multisensory rooms. In this paper, they present partial results...
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Článok spracováva problematiku porúch autistického spektra z hľadiska senzorických porúch a možností terapie. V úvode porovnáva behaviorálne prístupy k deťom s poruchami autistického spektra so senzoricky orientovanými prístupmi. Ďalej vysvetľuje prepojenie symptómov porúch autistického spektra s poruchami senzorického spracovania. Uvádza príklady...
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The paper offer an analysis of drama therapy approaches (role method, EPR, psychodrama and other) from the perspective of embodiment, movement and body signals. It is focused on the relation between drama therapy and other expressive therapies, mostly psychomotor therapy, play therapy and art therapy, based on their overlaps in embodied work. Nonve...
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The usage of multisensory environments in early childhood intervention is quite broad. Children with intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, or autism spectrum disorder can benefit from its relaxing and stimulating elements (Ponechalová, Lištiaková, 2010). In case of children with challenges in specific areas of development, particular co...
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The goal of the contribution is, on a theoretical platform, to provide basic knowledge in developmentally oriented bibliotherapy in the context of early aid for families, supplemented by naratives of parents in the research. Authors present therapeutic aspects of reading and usage of picture material in early age of a child.
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The paper presents partial results of an ongoing research into evaluation of dramatherapy process in a community type addictions treatment and psychorehabilitation. The research is a continuation of an ongoing evaluation process of a dramatherapeutic Evaluation rating created by the research team. The results of using the evaluation rating were des...
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The article presents partial results of qualitative research in the effects of therapeutic interventions provided by therapeutic educators in multisensory rooms. The research was focused on exploring how specific components of multisensory environments influence competencies of clients in early childhood intervention. The authors focused on childre...
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The first part of the article reviews researches conducted at psychiatric hospital Kromeriz at the department for neurotics in the first psychotherapy community for persons with neurosis in Czech Republic. Therapists of two departments of this hospital conducted dramatherapy sessions and followed these researches by their own study focused on evalu...
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Increasing heterogeneity of school classrooms inevitably requires an inclusive approach. The paper introduces the perspective on differentness in the context of inclusion of children with difficulties in learning, which are defined based on the need for help rather than an assessed diagnosis. Result analyses of a qualitative research, based on inte...

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Skúmať psychologické determinanty aktivity a participácie detí a adolescentov so zdravotným postihnutím vzdelávaných v integrovanom/inkluzívnom prostredí
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Background and Purpose: The prevalence of mental illness is constantly increasing, depression will become the 2nd largest cause of the global health burden by 2020 (WHO) with major impacts on children and families (3-11% "forgotten" children). Improving the mental health and well-being of children and young people is one of the 5 priorities set out in the EU Pact for Mental Health at the EU high level in 6/2008. In almost no EU country "forgotten children" are included in formal training programs of professionals in diverse bio-psycho-social sectors. However a mental vulnerability of a parent always can be seen as a source of chronic distress and increased own vulnerability for young children. In terms of prevention KIDS`STRENGTHS transfers available EU training knowledge (Lets talk about children, Fostering Resilience) and tools (e.g. online resource pools like www.precious.at) into different bio-psycho-social sectors and countries (AT; DE; ES; FI, HU, PT; SK; TR and EN) and also offers peer-oriented online-skill training and a platform for children themselves to express their worries and find support. Outcomes: 1) Specific training material focused on the needs of children in the context of mental vulnerability - How to address the issue of own vulnerability and needs of the children talking to parents - The impact of a mental illness on children - The importance of adequate information for children - Fostering resilience in "forgotten" children 2) tailor made training modules for professionals in the field of - Social work - Early Childhood Intervention - Pre-school - School - Health - Psychosocial Services working with vulnerable families 3) Easy accessibility of training materials by - diverse language variants (DE; FI, PT, ES, TR, SK, EN, HU) - an online portal and online resource pool 4) Clinical online assessment of relevant resilience processes (resilience map)
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Training of professionals in ECI. Funded by European Comission LLP Leonardo da Vinci