This is a news bit on some pedi therapists that are using dance as a therapeutic technique.
And here we have the highlights of the 2013 Paralympic Wheelchair DanceSport latin ballroom competition.
I just love inclusion stories. Everyone deserves to reach for their dreams!
But dance can be applied to therapy too. It’s definitely a gross motor skill, requires varying degrees of strength, endurance, balance, coordination and skill. Why wouldn’t we therapists include some dance in our sessions? There are very few people that would refuse to try dancing, I would think. Let’s face it: doing another 3×10 of mini squats can only be so exciting, but dancing… WAY more fun! I think the problem is we therapists don’t know where to start. The therapists in the first video are doing what I’d call guided dancing– supporting and assisting the dancers through the movements. Then in the wheelchair dancesport video, I would call that adaptive dancing– they are completely independent dancers, just doing so in a modified way. I think I could do some guided dancing. I would just need to invest in a better stool for myself! (The one’s in my clinic tend to tip over if you move too quickly or put your center of mass too close to the edge. A coworker fell off one just yesterday. Yeah, I know… ) However, teaching someone to ballroom dance in a wheelchair? Ha, I can’t even teach a good wheelie. Stay tuned tomorrow!