Children are born to dance! Pediatric medical dance/movement therapy: The view from integrative pediatric oncology Journal Article


Author: Tortora, S.
Article Title: Children are born to dance! Pediatric medical dance/movement therapy: The view from integrative pediatric oncology
Abstract: Children freely expressing themselves through spontaneous dance is a natural part of childhood. The healing powers of dance are universal in all cultures across history. Dance/movement therapy (DMT) in pediatric oncology is little known and underutilized. This article discusses DMT, specifically focusing on pediatric oncology. It defines and clarifies the difference between medical DMT as a psychotherapeutic modality aimed at addressing the patient's psychosocial needs, and dance and therapeutic dance used recreationally to engage patients during their hospital visits. A literature review of DMT with medically ill children in the United States and worldwide is provided. It culminates with a focus on advancements in the field, discussing the future of pediatric medical DMT. Grounded in a biopsychosocial perspective, the intrinsically nonverbal and embodied nature of pediatric medical DMT is uniquely positioned to be a strong component of integrative oncology services. The use of DMT to synthesize potentially traumatic aspects of the medical experience is proposed. It ends with a call for research posing the question: Can pediatric medical DMT support the patient to express feelings while in cancer treatment within the context of a psychotherapeutic milieu, enabling the patient to create an embodied coherent narrative that fosters expressivity and empowerment?
Keywords: symptom; integrative medicine; complementary and alternative medicine; management; pediatric cancer; trauma; integrative oncology; dance/movement therapy; dance therapy; dance/movement psychotherapy; trauma and ptsd; creative arts therapy; memories
Journal Title: Children
Volume: 6
Issue: 1
ISSN: 2227-9067
Publisher: MDPI  
Date Published: 2019-01-21
Start Page: 14
Language: English
ACCESSION: WOS:000457393300007
DOI: 10.3390/children6010014
PROVIDER: wos
PMCID: PMC6352017
PUBMED: 30669668
Notes: Source: Wos
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