Tips to include kids with Cerebral Palsy in Dance

Tips to include kids with Cerebral Palsy in Dance

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Dance teachers can easily make dance a great experience for kids with cerebral palsy. Here are some simple tips to better include kids with cerebral palsy in dance.

Because kids with cerebral palsy have difficulties with their movement you may need to adapt or modify the dance movements.

For example, if a child has difficulty standing, or uses a wheelchair, dance movements can be adapted to focus on upper body movements and gestures of the head, torso, arms and hands. Make seated sequences and phrases part of the dance routines.

Consider pairing a kid with a buddy to help them with dance movements. Older or more experienced kids can help mentor others.

Have good eye contact for kids who may sit at a lower height if they are in a wheelchair. Kneel down or sit on a chair to make eye contact at the child’s level.

Make time to encourage the efforts of all children.  Provide positive feedback on their achievements even if their performance is not perfect.

Remember, every child has the right to be involved in all aspects of life, especially dance. Including children with disabilities is not hard; it just requires understanding. You can make the world fit for all kids by including all kids in dance