A great proportion of our work is with and for the SEND community, whether that be with very young children, older children and young people with learning and/or physical disabilities and vulnerable adults.
The positive effect of movement on physical health and mental wellbeing is widely recognised however movement also mirrors the neurological organisation of the brain and has a close relationship with global development. Therefore techniques that include rhythmic and sensory work, imitation, sequencing, repetition and complex movement patterns support both neurotypical and neurodiverse individuals.
MovementWorks Specialist Programme has been successfully delivered to a wide range of students with specific needs including those with ASD, SLD and PMLD.
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AN ALL-THROUGH SCHOOL APPROACH - DEVELOPMENTAL DANCE MOVEMENT® (DDM) AUTISM MOVEMENT THERAPY® (AMT)
After a successful pilot project Brent Knoll School became the first provider for children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions to adopt an all-through school approach. Younger students benefit from the DDM intervention, while older students receive AMT. The outcomes from this approach are the focus of a new research study in partnership with Greenwich University. You can find out more on our Research Page.
Willow Dene School - DDM for younger students and AMT for older students with autism. The AMT class was featured on London Live Television, 27th March 2017 when former boxer and reality show contestant Winston McKenzie - who has an autistic son - paid a visit to the school.
Please see, below some of the Early Years Settings, Schools and Organisations that we support and work with or have supported and worked with in the past.
Beacon Hill Academy A specialist college for sensory and physical needs - Read the short progress report from Beacon Hill Academy:
Marjorie McClure Specialist School - Read the Observations from Bromley Council:
Drumbeat School & ASD Service
Castledon School - provided DDM and AMT for their students who have a range of special educational needs
Brent Knoll School - a special school for children with social, communication and interaction difficulties including autism.
Evaluation of a Developmental Dance Movement® Programme as OT Intervention for Children with Autism has been published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy 2015
The Efficacy of Developmental Dance Movement as therapeutic Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other learning disabilities. British Association of Art Therapy 2016
Developmental Dance Movement and Autism Movement Therapy for educating individuals with autism. Presented at Harvard Medical School 2018
RESEARCH STUDIES IN THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE
MovementWorks is committed to ongoing, evidence-based research. Results from our research studies are available to view below:
'Charmaine', is a pupil recognised as having profound needs who requires one on one support. She is mostly unreceptive to communication both verbal and non-verbal. After just a few DDM® sessions it was noted that she responded immediately.
‘Connor’ is a pupil with ASD and Pathological Demand Avoidance. Symptomatic of this diagnosis his attendance at school is sporadic and he does not respond to direct instruction.
MovementWorks advocates for and facilitates inclusive practice.