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Paper ID: 195

The Effect of Role Playing Activities with Finger Puppets Made from Recycled as a Media for Independent Intervention for 'Daily Living' Children with Down Syndrome

Ercilia Rini Octavia1 and Muhizam Mustafa2

1Faculty of Art and Design, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia

2School of The Art, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang Malaysia


Nervous disorders in children with Down syndrome have an impact on children’s intellectual, social, vocational achievements, and adaptive behavior. This causes children with Down syndrome to experience delays in various things, including independence in daily living such as: maintaining body hygiene, eating and drinking, and dressing. Independence is needed so that children with Down syndrome are able to take care of themselves in their daily activities, so they are not completely dependent on others. One of the media used to intervene in the independence of children’s daily living is role playing using a finger puppet of a family figure. These finger puppets are made by recycling household waste (such as scraps of patchwork, yarn, buttons, cotton, etc.). The purpose of this study was to analyze the effect of finger puppet role-playing activities on daily living,  independence in children with Down syndrome. This pre-experimental research design with a one group pre-test-post-test design approach has a sample (non-probability purposive samples) of 10 children with Down syndrome aged 6-8 years, who are members of POTADS Central Java. The instruments used were finger puppets made from recycled household waste and observation sheets which were analyzed with the Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test statistical test with a significance level of < 0.05.

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