Sensory Issues and Gross Motor Development

This is the core area that we focus our dance syllabus around. By learning dance skills, children and young people benefit over a long-term period, in the following ways:

  • They develop muscle tone (even if they begin with very low muscle tone).
  • They develop core strength, which increases their core stability.
  • Their posture improves.
  • They develop techniques for improving their walking gait, where this is a weak area.
  • They develop ankle strength, so that they can hold their ankles up more easily.
  • They develop a greater feeling in their whole body.
  • Their overall coordination improves.
  • They learn to respond sensitively to music – which can be used as a model for responding sensitively to people.

We use a wide range of sensory equipment to support children’s and young people’s development in these areas, and to support their learning of new movements.

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