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Dance Movement Therapy

Dance movement therapy, also known as dance therapy or choreotherapy, dance movement therapy is a creative therapy which uses movement and dance as a means of expression and communication.

It is based on the principle that movement reflects an individual's patterns of thinking and feeling. By acknowledging and supporting the individual's movements, the therapist encourages him or her to develop new movements, together with new emotional experiences that accompany such changes.

Some people believe that dance movement therapy can be used to help individuals with autism spectrum disorders express their feelings in a safe way. It can also be used to help them learn to make choices and to gain a sense of community with others.

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