MOVE WITH ME CREATIVE, EXPLORATIVE AND FUN SESSIONS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM “Humans have a much richer repertoire than talking alone. We are more than just thoughts, words and ideas." (Loman et al) for more information contact: emma scott - 07957338534 Movement Psychotherapy and Autism –
We live in our bodies and our sense of wel -being is profoundly affected by our body image and physical capabilities. The term ‘body language’ is universal y accepted as a way of expressing messages through the body. In movement psychotherapy, the body and movement become the primary tool for communication through the non-verbal. Children with autism may have difficulties with verbal communication, therefore the use of movement as a form of non-verbal communication is an effective way to make contact. Because ASD is on such a wide spectrum, it means that children with autism experience a diverse range of symptoms and behaviours. Therefore, one could argue that there isn’t one specific way that works for al as a way to build a connection. ‘Dance movement therapy is ideal y suited for working with the autistic population.’ (Erfer) This is because a movement therapist is trained in a specific way with a body of tools that can be used to tailor the needs of each unique individual. These tools may include the use of props and music. To understand autism, it requires a resonance into their language. We begin to do this by making human to human contact – which can be done through the body and movement. (Devereaux)
‘Move With Me’ Session – Each session wil provide a safe space for a child to freely express themselves without judgement, which for a child with autism and the unpredictability of mood and behavior, is an effective way to work. The session wil offer a place to discover body awareness through developmental movement. Often this is on a sensory level exploring body boundaries and communication through the use of props and music. Benefits of a Movement Psychotherapy Session – Some of the benefits of movement psychotherapy can include an increase in self-confidence, self-expression and the development of tools with which to express and manage overwhelming feelings or thoughts. It can help develop skil s in communication and social interaction through creative movement and play. MENTAL Reality, orientation, judgment, memory, alertness PHYSICAL Coordination, muscle tone, muscle strength, body awareness, joint flexibility PSYCHOLOGICAL Anxiety release, self-esteem, body image, emotional stability SOCIAL Verbal and non-verbal communication, interpersonal relationships, responsiveness, acceptance, cooperativeness Emma Scott MA is the founder of ‘Move With Me’. She is a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK). Currently she delivers ‘Move With
Me’ sessions at a special school in Preston. Additional y, she also works for Place2Be as a therapist within a mainstream school offering support to children with emotional needs. She is DBS cleared with a universal certificate. Practical and Financial Information - Each session wil run for 45 minutes. This can either be – 1:1 sessions - £25 Group sessions (no more than 3) - £40 Daily rate - £110 which can include 4 sessions within one school day. This however can include no more than two group sessions. These rates include al progress reports. It is recommended that a child remains within movement psychotherapy for at least a term which wil then be reviewed to assess whether it is necessary to continue. Referrals are made from the school or the parent/guardian. For further information please contact Emma at email@example.com or on 07957338534 Testimonials -
‘The sessions gave them time to listen and join in when they felt ready – no pressure.’ Teacher at a special school in Preston. ‘The young people real y relaxed and interacted with Emma. They gave good eye contact and vocal interaction.’ Support staff at a special school in Oldham. ‘Levels of anxiety have been lowered since attending movement therapy sessions.’ TA at a special school in Preston. ‘Both of my students look forward to their regular dance therapy sessions and always seem happy and calm on their return.’ Teacher at a special school in Preston.