10 Introduction equipped later in their lives to imagine solutions to problems they face, to feel
empathy, and to plan futures that are full and satisfying.
As Margaret Newell H’Doubler so aptly writes in her classic book, The
Dance and Its Place in Education,
as every child has a right to a box of crayons and certain instruction in the
fundamental principles of the art of drawing, whether there is any chance of
his ever becoming a great artist or not, so every child has a right to know how
to obtain control of his body so that he may use it, to the limit of his abilities,
for the expression of his reactions to life. (1925, 33)
Benefits to Children with Special Needs
All of the benefits previously cited can be applied to children with special needs.
Additionally, coordination, listening skills, conceptual learning, and expressive
ability are just a few of the areas enhanced through regular participation—at
whatever level possible—in movement experiences.
Perhaps of greatest importance, however, is the contribution that move-
ment experiences can make toward the special child’s self-concept. Often