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Date of Award


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Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

MS in Dance/Movement Therapy


Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program


This paper will address the barriers to communication and connection that individuals within the geriatric population with Major Neurocognitive Disorders experience. Examples are provided that support how Dance/Movement Therapy can work towards rebuilding communication and connection skills by using weight/grounding and rhythm while engaging in body percussion. The examples are supported with four case examples providing specific examples of how this work with body percussion was applied to Dance/Movement Therapy groups at my clinical internship at a nursing home in Westchester, New York.