Combined dance/movement and music therapeutic skills could be effective if used regularly for the improvement of autistic symptoms in persons diagnosed with autism or GDD. DMT uses body expression and allows for nonverbal and universal means of expressing one’s psychological state. This is particularly useful for persons with autism who struggle with speech or language. In addition, the therapeutic form of DMT is a unique mode of psychotherapy.
It allows the client to articulate their unconscious issues, including those which are too painful to speak of verbally, by providing a medium that speaks through the body and offers distance. For persons with disabilities such as autism / ADHD GDD, DMT offers great benefits as it uses breathing, body movement, rhythmic interaction, mirror techniques to regulate moods and emotions of PWDS, to inculcate awareness of self and others so they can be well placed to be integrated smoothly into social and work settings.
JEDAA exercises taught to our team by Joe England are incorporated into our programme to facilitate flexibility of thought, self awareness, understanding emotions and expressing them appropriately, inculcating speech and language skills- all within a safe space and with the empathy as taught by Joe. JEDAA exercises and techniques have proven to be very effective and powerful tools practised in special schools the U.K. The gradual outcomes and positive changes are evident from the videos of the special youths shown. We are very excited to be equipped with his techniques and to be able to use them in this programme.