Circus Arts Therapy® Fitness and Play Therapy Program Shows Positive Clinical Results

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Abstract

The goals of this article include introducing Circus Arts Therapy fitness and play therapy program, designed for children ages 4–17, which combines both directed structured activities with nondirective approaches implemented within a circus-based context (e.g., juggling, trapeze, tight wire), and to evaluate the physical and emotional benefits of participating in this type of therapy. Parental report data were collected about 15 children who participated in two 8-week sessions of the program, and results indicate significant benefits in physicality, ability to function as a team, and ability to follow directions. As one of the first studies to empirically evaluate the efficacy of circus arts as a therapeutic tool, these results are encouraging and speak to the need for additional more broad-based evaluations.

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