ERIC Number: EJ1103924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
The Benefit of Movement: Dance/Movement Therapy and Down Syndrome
Albin, Chloe M.
Journal of Dance Education, v16 n2 p58-61 2016
There are various forms of therapies for children with disabilities, including physical therapy, speech therapy, and alternative therapies such as music and dance therapy. Each form of therapy has its benefits for those with disabilities, but ultimately the success of the therapy rests on the attention paid to the individual. Especially for children with disabilities, it is important for the therapist and educator to pay attention to the details and intricacies of the child's life to formulate the best approach to therapy and inclusive movement in the classroom. Many factors need to be considered when determining the best form of therapy for an individual. Movement-based therapy is an effective form of therapy, primarily due to its sensorimotor integration. For children with Down syndrome, movement-based therapy is beneficial; benefits range from strengthening the mind--body connection to the improvement of development, health, and cognitive skills.
Descriptors: Movement Education, Dance Education, Dance, Down Syndrome, Therapy, Intervention, Outcomes of Treatment, Perceptual Motor Learning, Sensory Integration, Children
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