Excerpt from Ask The Expert Guest Webinar for Early Arts U.K. “Can Dance Help Children to Become School Ready?”

Watch this interview excerpt on the positive impact of the MovementWorks DDM® programme as an early intervention for children with ASD

MovementWorks DDM® Specialist School Programme has been successfully delivered to a wide range of students with specific needs including those with ASD, SLD and PMLD.

He was very reluctant to join in any movement activities although he is overweight and really needs to do more physical activity to keep him healthy. Now he has become more comfortable with joining in the MovementWorks programme as part of a group, following instructions and practising moves his Mum feels he is ready to join a local club for TaiKwondo or a similar group activity, that he would never have joined in with before

- Rosie Hallett, Occupational Therapist, Drumbeat School and ASD Service

  • Brent Knoll School a special school for children with social, communication and interaction difficulties including autism.

They really respond and get something from it. I’ve noticed the children’s increased focus in activities and when other teachers and adults are speaking to them. They used to be walking around the classroom not really focused or engaged. Now through structured routine and activities, we’re seeing progress in the children.

- Teacher, Brent Knoll Special School

'Evaluation of a Developmental Dance Movement® Program as OT Intervention for Children with Autism' has been published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy 2015

Research Studies in the Early Years Foundation Stage

MovementWorks is committed to ongoing, evidence-based research. Results from our research studies are available to view below:

'Charmaine', is a pupil recognised as having profound needs who requires one on one support. She is mostly unreceptive to communication both verbal and non-verbal. After just a few DDM® sessions it was noted that she responded immediately.

It is the one thing where there is an observed connection with the activity.

- Teaching Assistant/Keyworker in mainstream setting.

One particular observation relates to her being in an adjacent space to the group participating in the DDM® activity.

'Charmaine' came to the door and banged on it, smiling, jumping up and down excitedly, demonstrating that she wanted to join the activity happening outside. This was a significant breakthrough in her ability to communicate.

MovementWorks advocates for and facilitates inclusive practice.

Dancing Trees
Dancing Trees
My Turn to Dance
My Turn to Dance

Looking at the world differently
Looking at the world differently

Making Space for Everyone
Making Space for Everyone

Case Study 1 from Early Years Foundation Stage

MovementWorks is committed to ongoing, evidence-based research. Case results from our first research sample are now available to view below -

Investigating learning through developmental dance movement
® as a kinaesthetic tool in the Early Years Foundation Stage

After 9 weeks Raoul’s drawing diverges from an unrecognisable figure to a bold human representation.

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