Dance & Movement therapy
Dance & Movement therapy is a relationship-based creative psychotherapy that facilitates the mind-body connection by using the body in various movement patterns and developmental rhythms to support physical, social, emotional and cognitive integration. Through the use of tools which analyze movement patterns through an objective and developmental lens, the therapist gains the clients’ natural movement repertoire and can facilitate movement exploration. Dance & Movement therapy differs from a regular dance class because it is informed by psychotherapeutic interventions to guide the movement process between client and therapist. Dance class is teacher-led whereas Dance & Movement therapy follows the lead of the client. Each Dance & Movement therapy session may follow a different pattern or require attention to a more present emotional target. It is the therapists’ job to contain the safe space for the client to facilitate exploration through movement pathways throughout the session to promote development and growth for the individual.
Social skills are critical competencies in the interactions and communications an individual has with others, which may be expressed in verbal or non-verbal ways. These soft skills are integral to developing friendships, building relationships, and becoming active participants in their communities. At ASUA, these social skills are targeted in structured group learning as well as incidentally throughout the regular school day. Social opportunities are supported by ASUA staff members with an attention to generalization of skills to other settings. Specific areas targeted in social skills instruction are flexible thinking, maintaining personal space, early perspective taking, natural conversation, hygiene, and turn taking.
ASUA’s behavioral support program is highly individualized and uses proactive intervention strategies to shape behavior and support participation throughout the school day. Through the use of individualized positive behavior support plans, ASUA’s behavioral specialists focus on increasing skills in the areas of self-regulation, aggression, safety awareness, attention-to-task, and social skills. Through carefully-crafted positive behavior support plans, programming for students is preparing them to become engaged participants in the school and in their communities.