TheraDance Program at Center for Independence

TheraDance is a group physical therapy program designed for children with physical limitations, such as impaired balance, body awareness, coordination, flexibility, strength and endurance. The program is offered by the Center for Independence at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Professionals from Physical Therapy will work with children who participate in this program.

Who should participate?

The program is designed for children who enjoy dancing but whose abilities limit their participation in community-based dance classes. Children participating should be able to walk and move throughout their environment safely and independently, and should require minimal prompting to maintain attention. Children will be grouped with peers of similar age.

What will they learn?

TheraDance can help children:

  • Improve body awareness
  • Increase overall flexibility and strength
  • Improve endurance through ongoing moderate intensity aerobic exercise
  • Promote appropriate static and dynamic balance strategies
  • Improve coordination to enhance safety, confidence and independence

At the conclusion of the program, the children will perform a choreographed routine to music.

Where is Chatterbox held?

The program will be held at the following Center for Independence locations:

  • Children’s Pine Center, Suite 202, 11279 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090.
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  • Children's South: 205 Millers Run Road Suite 200, Bridgeville, PA 15017
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When are the sessions?

Sessions are one hour in length and will be held once a week for 10 weeks.

How do I get more information?

For more information and to begin the intake process, call the Center for Independence at 724-933-9286. An initial evaluation will be completed prior to the start of the program to determine if your child is a good candidate for the program.