How It Works


Circus, as a discipline, provides a variety of experiences and activities, which facilitates positive emotional, physical, and mental health outcomes. Occupational therapy and circus promote a better quality of life using the experience of play, fun and creative expression.

Emotional Health

Interacting in appropriately pitched circus activities promotes turn-taking, leadership, communication, empathy, expression, trust and dependability. Grading the tasks individually to have a combination of challenging and achievable components promotes feelings of motivation and satisfaction in engagement, as well as increased self-confidence and self-efficacy. Engagement in circus activities can also provide respite or distraction from ones current state of stress or mental instability.

Physical Health

Circus skills can be graded to fit the capacities of people with a wide variety of physical and mental capabilities. Many activities used in circus increase body awareness, circulation, strength, tone, and flexibility.

Cognitive Function

Circus works the brain. The activities, equipment and structured repetition, provide individuals with multiple skills. Participants will find an increase of gross and fine motor control, coordination, visual perceptual abilities, sequencing, sense of rhythm and timing, reactions, bimanual hand use and concentration.

Social Health

Circus skills assist in the formation of healthy peer interaction which can translate into teamwork. Traditionally in circus there is a role for everyone. By utilizing an occupational therapy approach, an important part of this unique program focuses on highlighting an individual's strengths. All participants are recognized and valued by other members of the group. The life skills learned emotionally, cognitively and physically contribute towards improving an individual's ability to function socially and become a positive active member of their society.

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