Dance Therapy Association of Australia

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2002 Vol. 1 No. 4

Through The Eyes of Children

Keywords
Early childhood intervention services, Mobility, Family engagement, Disability, Intervention programs, Intervention

Early childhood intervention services provide a team of clinicians from different disciplines to support children with a disability or developmental delay from birth until they reach school age. The specific role of dance movement therapy (DMT) in intervention for this population is not widely publicised. This article consists of three case studies of children with different diagnoses, who are attending a music and movement group in an early childhood health setting. The three intervention programs are constructed with specific aims and integrate the family in speicialised activities within a group setting. Results include emotional engagement, physical assurance and mobility. The article concludes with client feedback about the program. (pp 3-9)

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Visual Impairment – An Addendum

Keywords
Dual sensory impairment, Dance process, Non-verbal children, Visual Impairment

An addendum to the article in previous issue entitled ‘Visual Impairment’ (Moving On Vol. 1, No. 3), this article further explores research into dance therapy for children with dual sensory impairment. The main focus was a framework developed over the course of the study. A summary chart of the framework entitled ‘Right Dance’, illustrates the process applied with young nonverbal children in a therapeutic group dance class. The article includes excerpts from results and concludes with adaptions to other populations.

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Dementia – Changing Perspectives

Keywords
Person-centred care, Dementia care, quality aged care, Dementia rights, Alzheimer’s Association

This article challenges the traditional bio medical approach to a diagnosis of dementia and explores responding to people with dementia from a person-centred approach. The subsequent extract of a speech from the National Conference of the Alzheimer’s Association Canberra in 2001 discusses the emotional effects of the diagnosis and offers hope. (pp 12-14)

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Relational and Non-relational Moments in Nursing Home Life

Keywords
Relational psychoanalysis, interaction, relationships, nursing home

Descriptive vignettes from a nursing home describe an approach to dance movement therapy using The Relational Model, emphasising the role of embodied interaction and emotional connection even in the absence of memory. (pp 15-16)

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Therapy or Therapeutic

Keywords
Therapeutic definition, semantics, cultural definitions, therapy definition

This article explores the terms ‘therapy’ and ‘therapeutic’ in regard to dance movement therapy, from differing perspectives including cultural. The discussion is followed by an editor’s note furthering these ideas. (p 17)

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Dancing in the Desert

Keywords
Detention centre, Immigration, Social work

This article is a reflection of offering creative arts therapy approaches to the Woomera Detention Centre’s residents, with a focus on dance.  Observations reveal the detainees utilised dance as a form of cultural expression and to try to keep their lives joyful amidst coping with intense emotional states and prolonged uncertainty.

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