The Power of Movement in Kids Who Struggle

From dance therapy to playground games, movement has been shown to be a powerful force when it comes to helping children with challenges related to ADHD, learning disabilities, processing disorders, Asperger’s syndrome, and a host of other related childhood learning and developmental issues. By enlisting the body in aiding the whole self, kids and parents can overcome many of their daily struggles. Here are some ways to encourage your kids to move around more.

Dance Therapy

Dancing is a great movement option that can engage a child who is on the autism spectrum. The art of dance has long been a way to express the self without words. For a child with Aspergers Syndrome or who is on the autism spectrum, it can be a perfect outlet to express emotions that otherwise may not be visible. It can also connect the mind and body in a way that those with ASD struggle to achieve. The repetitive and choreographed movements improve gross motor skills and memory, and are approachable for those who like a routine.
Aside from the benefits it offers children, dance therapy can also be useful for those who have anxiety, behavioral issues or even ADHD. The calming power of musical movement can improve focus and social harmony, both internally and externally. In a small study, boys with ADHD who took a dance session were better able to do their schoolwork and got into fewer altercations with their peers. Dance is certainly a force to be reckoned with!

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