Dance & Movement

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Dance & Movement

Dance is one of the purest forms of self-expression, creativity and ingenuity. It can help one’s exposure from the outer as well as the inner world and give them a sense of liberation. The feeling of peace between the inner and outer self is one which can be expressed freely by expressions, movements and unsaid communication with self and the audience. Mental stimulation and a feeling of freshness give newer dimensions to one’s mind.

  • Early challenges found in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders is examined.
  • The pairing of motor development and social/communication functioning is discussed.
  • Dance/movement therapy framework offered for clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Intervention ideas which include mirroring, body awareness, and rhythm are reviewed.

Human Effect

Even though currently, there is no “biological treatment” for autism, the “dance/movement therapy addresses the ‘human effect’ of autism which can help support parents in forming a warm, joyful and satisfying relationships with their children”The first step of forming a human-human connection is through our bodies and dance therapy facilitates this in an easy and beautiful manner.

Understanding Emotions

Dance and movement therapy is also a great tool that could be used to enhance one’s emotional understanding and empathy for others. Lavinia Machado says that “dance as a form of therapy may stimulate the integration of sensation and perception, and thus, predispose action. Coordinated activities are important for the progress of the neuromotor system”. 

Empathic Reflection

Empathic reflection is an effective process that consists of reading the client, responding to and then re-reading as a way to keep a track of changes and support the growth of clients. Human movement patterns involve emotional tonalities that have intrinsic meaning”. Dance and movement therapy can be grouped to form and modify a set of uncoordinated movement patterns. 

Mental and Emotional Growth

Visual art, music, drama, poetry and dance therapy have homogeneous advantages. Each of them promotes mental and emotional growth by constructing life skills, tackling shortfalls and fostering healthy self-expression. Each of them is a form of distraction that involves mental exercises that stimulate the mind to impact the overall health and well-being of one’s body.