Dance and Art Therapy for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Dance Therapy NZ Therapists specialise in working with children on the Autism Spectrum both individually and in small groups. Dance movement therapy provides a unique gateway into the child’s world- to engage them in interaction in ways that feel safe and comfortable for the child- and from this place of connection, to guide them gently out into a wider range of interactions, to expand their levels of comfort and safety in communication, and to move into skill building when appropriate.

Our approach is based on the concept that every action is a communication, and to look for ways to use the child’s atypical and perhaps self stimulatory actions to create and maintain a connected relationship in which the child can continue to grow and thrive, despite their neurological disorder. This therapeutic relationship can then be used as the basis from which to transfer these relationship skills into other relationships in the child’s social world.