What is Dance or Movement Therapy?
Dance/Movement Therapy entails reinforcing the mind-body approach. It helps children with autism by enhancing the awareness of mind and body that is often misplaced in these children thereby augmenting the inner accord.
It helps them in re-establishing this mind-body connection and return to harmony.
Movement in a dance therapy setting is not just an exercise. The actions, fluidity, and movement are interpreted more like a language. The therapist responds to the movements, assesses body language, nonverbal behaviors and emotional expressions to develop interventions to address the specific needs of the child. Movement is the primary way dance therapists observe, evaluate, and implement therapeutic intervention.
Umpteen studies have maintained the encouraging outcome of DMT in Autism. The onus of the DMT in Autism is on developing a channel for expression of varied emotions that a child with autism may go through, fostering group interaction, promoting interpersonal communication, encouraging eye contact and developing trust.