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Magpie Dance

Better health outcomes for people with learning disabilities who struggle to access talking therapies

What we do

Magpie Dance provides dance for people with learning disabilities with a wide-range of needs, in both in-patient and day services. We work particularly with those with limited verbal communication skills, and associated conditions such as autism, and dementia.

Our programmes are tailored to suit our NHS partners, with evaluation built-in. Sessions are held weekly in blocks, and can include staff training. The results from our programme at the Oxleas NHS in South East London (in its 5th year) demonstrate:

  • CONFIDENCE: 50% showed significant and 50% showed some progression
  • CO-OPERATION: 50% showed significant and 50% showed some progression
  • COMMUNICATION: 50% showed significant and 37.5% showed some progression.
  • PHYSICAL FITNESS: All showed progression in physical fitness*

This is out of this world for us. It has gone a long way to bring out some of the qualities that we have never witnessed from some of our service users”. – Oxleas staff member

Settings include a specialist day service for people with severe behavioural challenges and/or an autistic spectrum disorder, and an in-patient assessment centre for people with complex challenging behaviour, mental health needs, neurodevelopmental needs and/or offending behaviours. Magpie classes focus on individual development and progression, yet participants feel part of a team. The programme has the involvement of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and includes occupational therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, speech and language therapists, as well as support staff. For many Magpie Dance is their only physical activity.

*Results from a longitudinal study (by the psychology team within Oxleas and by Magpie Dance)

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