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4 Reasons To Enroll Your Autistic Child In A Dance Class

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons To Enroll Your Autistic Child In A Dance Class

Is your local school or community┬ácenter offering a dance class specifically for kids on the autism spectrum? Even if your child shows no interest in dance right now, giving them a chance to try stretching their muscles and playing with creativity could pay off with big rewards. Find out how the movement and action of dance classes help autistic children learn and grow. Dance is Great Exercise Children on the autism spectrum have some of the lowest recorded levels of regular exercise among kids with common developmental disorders. A lack of exercise leads to further problems like Hyperactivity Difficulty focusing Unwanted movements and activity during quiet times, like riding on the bus Trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night. Dance is a great exercise for building both muscle tone and cardiovascular endurance and is often the most attractive form of exercise for autistic kids because it involves repetitive movements. Skilled teachers can find each student’s favorite types of movement and help them create their own routine; this acts as an artistic form of self-stimulation for managing stress, also known as stimming. Dance Increases Empathy Difficulties with empathizing is a common struggle among autistic children, but many teachers and parents find that encouraging mirroring is a great way to teach their kids how to read emotions. Since dance involves students mirroring the exact movements of the teacher, this kind of practice naturally builds the skills an autistic child needs to read the emotions of others. Developing better mirroring skills leads to increased empathy, even without a specific focus on building this kind of skill. Dance Offers an Alternative Form of Communication When struggling with a child that has no noticeable communication methods, dance can serve as a last resort for making contact with a completely inward personality. Encouraging a child to start with basic movements is the easiest way to reach out, and many non-verbal students learn how to express themselves through dance instead. Making a bridge to communication through dance could be the start of a deeper relationship with your child. Dance Doesn’t Require Special Skills You might think of dance as something only trained professionals can do, but anyone can find joy in moving their body in a creative way. If your child suffers from low self esteem because of how their autism sets them apart from their peers, developing dance skills can help them find their own place in the world. You might even find out that your child has what it takes to become a professional...

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