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Welcome to the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia

The Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA) is the recognised professional body for dance movement therapy in Australasia. It sets the standards for Professional and Provisional Professional levels of membership, training and supervision. The DTAA also warmly welcomes General and Student members.

The DTAA promotes the growth, development and recognition of the dance movement therapy profession in Australasia by:

  • establishing and maintaining standards for training, research and professional practice
  • providing a means of communication, education and networking between dance movement therapists, other health professionals, employers and clients
  • liaising with other relevant peak and professional bodies
  • providing information and resources for dance movement therapy practitioners, students and the wider community
  • offering Associate, Provisional Professional and Professional Membership status to applicants who meet the training criteria, and Student or General membership to others interested in dance movement therapy.

Member resources include the opportunity for recognition as a dance movement therapist, bi-annual journal, regular news of events, insurance, library and professional development opportunities.





DTAA recognises, acknowledges and respects the ancestors, elders and families of all Indigenous peoples of the lands on which we stand and practice.


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DTAA Research Form

“Preference Assessment in Dance Movement Therapy for Children with Autism” presented by Elise Loh, DTAA Prof (DMT)

Wednesday 7 July 2021  |  6.00pm-7.15pm (Melb/Syd Time)  |  8.00pm-9.15pm (NZ Time) 75 Minute Zoom

Elise’s Master’ Research uses props such as hula hoops, ribbons and sensory gym balls to investigate autistic children’s preferential use of these props and potentially related intervention outcomes. The social engagement and stereotypic behaviours of three children are measured in this study. A further research question asks whether caregivers’ quality of life improves when their children participate in DMT.

In this Research Forum, Elise summarises and discusses her study including her chosen methods and methodologies.  These plan specific DMT lenses (such as Laban’s Movement Analysis), but also include psychological scales as well as communication with parents.

Elise then shares her findings, briefly discusses strengths and weaknesses of her study, and deliberates potential future research angles.

Questions for this Research Forum:

  1. What are the research questions addressed in this research?
  2. What methods and methodologies are used?  How can DMT methods and psychological approaches complement  each other?
  3. What are the outcomes established in this research?
  4. How may we, as Research Forum attendees, benefit from this research’s findings in our DMT practice?
  5. How may this research inspire and be beneficial for our own research ideas?

We look forward to seeing you!

Full Details and access to Research Forum Article available to members only.