Richard Coaten

Richard Coaten – Bio


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Richard is a dancer & registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (DMP) currently on the Governing Council of our professional association ADMP (UK). He works part-time for the NHS in West Yorkshire running a DMP service in a Healthcare Partnership with Calderdale Council and runs group based DMP sessions in three Day Centres in Halifax, Hebden Bridge & Rastrick and on an Acute Assessment & Treatment Ward at Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax.

Developing Learning and Play Experiences with Children through Free Movement Play and Dance


Edition: 2002 Vol. 1 No. 2

Keywords
free-movement, Reggio Emilio schools, child-centred, evaluation special educational needs, early childhood health

A pilot project offered within a UK children’s centre aimed to develop children’s movement and play experiences through the use of free movement play and dance. It also intended to link with parents and enhance personal and professional development of centre staff, to sustain the work beyond the project. Evaluation revealed an improvement in child and staff/parent relationships, increased skill and knowledge competence in staff and enhanced child engagement, leading to a more child-centred environment. Greater understanding of the significance and the complexity of the work was gained by staff at the centre. (pp 13-17)