Happy Little Dance Therapy


Eastern/South Auckland, New Zealand

©2017 by Happy Little Limited


An Implementation of Preference Assessment in Dance Movement Therapy For Children with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders


Receive 10 weeks of Dance Movement Therapy Sessions!

This exciting project involves investigating the effects of preference assessments in Dance Movement Therapy Practices.


Recruiting children aged between 5 to 12 years old, who are on the Autism Spectrum and/or other related developmental disorders.


Dance sessions may either take place in the schools or your local community centres.


Your child will receive 10 weeks of dance movement therapy (DMT) sessions, 45 minutes per session, one session per week.


Dance Movement Therapy uses movement and dance to support the intellectual, emotional, and motor functions of the body. As a form of expressive therapy, DMT looks at the correlation between movement and emotion. 


You will be asked to fill out confidential questionnaires about your child’s behaviours and a few other questions relating to your child’s preferences.

A preference assessment session will be scheduled in with your child after. In this process, a 60 seconds video of your child’s movements will also be recorded, which is optional. This recording will be analysed to develop suitable dance movement goals/needs for your child. 


After the series of 10-weeks Dance Movement Session, you will be required to fill up another questionnaire which will take approximately 30 minutes. Another 60 seconds video of your child’s movement will also be taken to measure any movement quality changes after the DMT sessions.


Volunteers and research assistants will be involved to help measure the changes in your child’s behaviours. All data collected in this research will be kept confidential and no names will be identified throughout this project.


A thorough summary report will be provided at the complement of this project if requested. 

If you are interested, please contact Elise at 0220475565 to schedule a day and time!

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