Not all children and youth are most successful in traditional therapy settings. Therapeutic interventions that address the mind/body connection can help children who struggle with emotional regulation, problem solving and the impact of adverse experiences. The American Dance Therapy Association defines movement therapy as “the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration of the individual.” Trained therapists use large motor movement, physical gestures, nonverbal communication, problem-solving skills, and movement games to engage children in therapy. These tactics can help the children address a variety of behaviors and symptoms, emotional dysregulation among them.
An integrative approach, movement therapy uses the mind, body, and emotions. This type of treatment lends itself well to addressing the major areas of emotional dysregulation while meeting children at their developmental level. Body and movement therapy options can take on many forms, so explore offerings to find the best fit for your child.
Emotions In Motion, LLC
Terry Barney, OTR/L
117D Route 66 East
Columbia, CT 06237
Terry Barney, OTR/L finds fulfillment in helping all children and teens achieve good physical and mental health through meaningful functional activities, sensory integration and psychosocial interventions As an OT and adoptive parent of 2 boys from Eastern Europe, she has a special interest in addressing attachment and complex trauma through activity and relationship based interventions that promote competency, self regulation and confidence. She recently completed an 80 hour post graduate program at ATTACH, an international coalition of professionals and families dedicated to helping those with attachment differences. Terry has over 20 years of experience as an OT in a variety of adult and pediatric settings, including public and therapeutic schools. She is passionate about the role of occupational therapy in trauma informed care.
Infinity Music Therapy Services
Jana Jeffcoat, MT-BC
196 Queen Street
Southington, CT 06489
Insurance: None, many discounted and free programs throughout the year.
Infinity Music Therapy Services offers individual, group and family music therapy sessions throughout Connecticut. We are a team of board certified music therapists. We also offer music lessons and community drumming events. Clinicians at Infinity Music Therapy have worked with foster and adoptive families since 2010