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                               National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day - May 9, 2012

Children and youth who experience trauma display increases in stress hormones comparable to those displayed in combat veterans. Researchers point to multiple potential outcomes for children exposed to trauma, including attachment, mood regulation, dissociation, self-concept challenges, and behavioral, cognition, and biological changes, all of which can have a negative impact on school attendance, learning, and academic achievement.

With help from families, friends, providers, and other Heroes of Hope, children and youth can be resilient when dealing with trauma. Visit www.samhsa.gov/children to learn more.

Research has shown that caregivers can buffer the impact of trauma and promote better outcomes for children, even under stressful times, when the following Strengthening Families Protective Factors are present:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children7

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Information on

Dance and Dance/Movement Therapy for Healing and

Building Resilience After Trauma


“Dance me back to Myself”

In the darkest of times, when feeling most alone, when the worst thing has happened, there is always still your breathing, and your breathing is a kind of dance. It is the constant dance. There is always the impulse to stamp your feet in anger, shake with frustration, to lift your arms in hope or to be helped. This action is the beginning of a dance back to your healthy whole self. Whether there is music or not, whether there is a lot of space to move in or if you are sitting in a chair, if you have movement limitations or if you are able bodied, whether you have lots of money or very little, even if you’ve never been to dance classes, there is always a part of you, of everyone, that can express the feeling inside with a gesture or posture or rhythm. Dance is the body singing, shouting, and painting in the space. It can be a way back to yourself!

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Children and teens who have experienced trauma can find strength, resilience and the will to go on through facilitated dance/movement expression.

Children who have been traumatized can sometimes misread neutral social cues and react as though the trauma is reoccurring or about to occur again.  In dance/movement therapy, the child learns body awareness, how to monitor his or her internal sensations of fear or anger, and ultimately how to tell the difference between threat and safety.

Dance is movement. Movement is change. Moving with one's whold body, with and against gravity, one learns to both yield and resist, to feel one's strength and to feel one's vulnerability, to try on new qualities of action and behavior.  This is what it means to be fully human.

Go to American Dance Therapy Association at www.adta.org for more information.

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