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Does Dance Help ADHD?  Absolutely

Dance therapy (ballet)Dance Therapy (DT) is used for students diagnosed with ADHD. Movement has been a long-term method for modifying elements. It reduces hyperactivity, impulsivity, and distractibility. Another benefit is reducing stress and emotional ups-and-downs.

Alternative Treatment

Research on people with ADHD has shown the positive effect and value of Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT). Sessions are held in combination or an individual session.

  • Motor skills/mobility
  • Self-regulation
  • Behavior
  • Emotion
  • Self-control

The effectiveness of DMT has undergone several research studies. The initial step is to evaluate the symptoms of ADHD. Consistent results show a reduction of symptoms.

The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) promotes a physical and social holistic connection. It facilitates the psychotherapeutic. It improves through individual, couple, family, and group sessions.

DMT Components

Dance Theory builds the joy of movement and freedom. A variety of components result in flexible outcomes.

  • Inspire to have fun in a group.
  • Connect with body awareness.
  • See the whole itself, not just a label.
  • Improve body image.
  • Recognize mind/body connection.

Results

Dancing can be fun, but DT is a therapeutic process. It uses a variety of techniques and focuses on different effects.

  • More patience and listening.
  • Not quite as angry.
  • Better social skills.
  • Improved sleep.
  • Reduced aggressiveness.

Dance theory provides a significant symptom reduction for teens with ADHD. The major benefit is the non-medical intervention/promotion. Self-regulation is central to ADHD (the disorder). The beauty is that therapy impacts aggressive and disruptive behaviors.

Have you ever used dance or movement to deal with symptoms of ADHD?

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