Speaking with the body: Using dance/movement therapy to enhance communication and healing with young children

Chapter Title

Speaking with the body: Using dance/movement therapy to enhance communication and healing with young children

Full Title

Speaking about the Unspeakable: Non-Verbal Methods and Experiences in Therapy with Children

Editor(s)

D. McCarthy

Abstract

Children do not always have the capacity or need to express themselves through words. They often succeed in saying more about their feelings and experiences by communicating non-verbally through play and other expressive, creative activities.

The basic premise of Speaking about the Unspeakable is that life's most pivotal experiences, both good and bad, can be truly expressed via the language of the imagination. Through creativity and play, children are free to articulate their emotions indirectly. The contributors, all experienced child therapists, describe a wide variety of non-verbal therapeutic techniques, including clay, sand, movement and nature therapy, illustrating their descriptions with moving case studies from their professional experience.

Accessible and engaging, this book will inspire child psychologists and therapists, art therapists and anyone with an interest in therapeutic work with children.

Department

Counseling, Therapy & Wellness

ISBN

9781846427961

Publisher

Jessica Kingsley

City

London

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2008

Speaking with the body: Using dance/movement therapy to enhance communication and healing with young children

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