Dance & Arts Therapy NZ provides therapeutic programmes which combine creative expression (dance/movement, music, play and body awareness activities) with skill development (communication, self-regulation, motor planning and social interaction). The group activities support peer social relationships as the children learn about each other by sharing through creative self-expression. These groups help children develop understanding and empathy for others through following and responding to the actions, dance moves and musical dialogues of their peers.
- Groups typically run for a school term (8 weeks) and meet weekly for 45-60 minutes.
- Groups are limited in size to provide individualised attention for each child, and to reduce the level of stimulation that some children with special needs find challenging in group settings.
- Some groups are more suited to children with particular needs- some of the groups we offer are specifically for children on the Autism Spectrum, some are more suited to those with Down syndrome, or Cerebal Palsy, for example. We also offer a home school Arts Therapy group for school age children.
- Our Auckland programmes are held at the YMCA Mt Albert Community Centre, the North Shore YMCA Akoranga Drive, the Onehunga Community Centre, Te Tuhi Arts Centre, Pakuranga and ‘Oasis’, Waiuku.