Dance Movement Therapy with Children


Dance and movement is a multi-sensory approach based on the understanding of the movement as an individual’s authentic expression. 

The therapist uses non-verbal communication: movement, game, music and creativity to interact with children and his families. 

The basis of this approach is that each child creates a unique inventory of movements and non-verbal communications that can be interpreted by a trained therapist. 

These movements reveal the way a child adapts to the world and to others. Parents are encouraged to participate in understanding their child’s message . 

The question that underlies the therapy is the following: if this behavior is a form of communication, what is the child trying to tell us ?

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Objectives of the therapy

The main objective is to create a safe space allowing a child to express his/her emotions, problems, fears, past and present experiences that are affecting his/her well-being.

The goal is to comfort him/her psychologically. 

The therapy is directed at emotional expression, as well as improving family relationships and a child’s social skills. 

The therapist uses movement, dance, music and games to encourage and support a child’s emotional space and mental development.

Body movement is a key element of the treatment, as it stimulates a child’s motor development as well as his/her cognitive processes and communication.

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Techniques applied

The structure of the sessions is adapted to a child’s abilities and to the reasons that bring him/her to  therapy.

A session is divided in three parts :

  • Welcoming time in the form of a movement game

  • Active time when movements are developed freely in space.
  • Compilation time that enables the child to refocus before the session ends
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Our tools

We use different tools to stimulate the child’s expression and social skills :

  • Games using the space to stimulate imagination
  • Body and movement to encourage the child to manage the space around him/her.
  • Dance helps the child create his/her corporal expression.
  • Music and rhythm foster this sharing.
  • Space enables a better understanding of a ‘one versus the others’ situation.
  • Emotions are explored symbolically through drama and storytelling.
  • Relaxation, often accompanied by breathing exercises, helps a child in his/her daily routine
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The use of the body and movement enables souvenirs and pre-verbal wounds to re-emerge and be treated.

Different dynamic processes take place during the treatment leading to the following results:

  • Emotional and social levels of the child are explored.
  • Expression, sharing and social integration abilities are improved.
  • Physical, emotional and cognitive capacities are built.
  • Authentic expression in a safe space is fostered.

This art of therapy is also effective in treating autism, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder(ADHD).

It also produces results when treating other disorders such as communication and language, sensory development, social functioning and parent-child attachment.

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Dance Movement Therapy Benefits

Dance Movement Therapy is beneficial for

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Les bienfaits de la thérapie par la danse et le mouvement se manifestent notamment sur :

  • Memory
  • Language acquisition
  • Brain development
  • Multi-sensory experience
  • Development of social skills