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® Programme as OT Intervention for Children with Autism has been published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy 2015

The Efficacy of Developmental Dance Movement as therapeutic Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other learning disabilities. British Association of Art Therapy 2016

Developmental Dance Movement and Autism Movement Therapy for educating individuals with autism. Presented at Harvard Medical School 2018

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.

‘Connor’ is a pupil with ASD and Pathological Demand Avoidance. Symptomatic of this diagnosis his attendance at school is sporadic and he does not respond to direct instruction.

“Staff have enjoyed seeing C’s participation and attitude in Movement Works progress. The adults have noticed a significant improvement in C’s focus and level of attention during sessions. He appears to benefit from the repetitive notion of the session, the familiarity and the rhythm of the music. Each session seems to have an increasing calming effect on him. He is compliant and follows direction and instruction happily and enthusiastically”.
Class Teacher, ASD School.

MovementWorks advocates for and facilitates inclusive practice.

Case Study 1 from Early Years Foundation Stage

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