Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) as been a therapeutic method with applications in children of all ages, babies, infants and young adults. It has been applied for children with development disorders (speech and language, scholastic skills, Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, etc.) and children who have experienced traumatic events i.e. mobbing, accidents, nature catastrophes and war.
Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) also helps relationships between caregiver(s) and their children who have been under distress and suffer from detachment issues.
In sessions with children, the use of props such as soft balls, cloth of different sizes and textures, handkerchief(s), grain pillows, are mediums that supports children towards playfulness, the creation of relationships, providing development in communication, engagement and interaction with the world and others.
Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) facilitates children towards self-regulation, well-being, self-esteem, self-advocacy (the ability to speak up for what they need). And it helps to develop self-awareness, self-confidence and self-empowerment.
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