Date of Award
Thesis - Open Access
MS in Dance/Movement Therapy
Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program
This paper will focus primarily on a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically High-Functioning Autism, who attended a summer camp in 2015. A definition of autism and how it affects a diagnosed child will be explained. Analysis of the benefits of group dance/movement therapy (DMT) with children diagnosed within the autism spectrum will also be presented. Additionally, past documented studies regarding this population and the use of dance/movement therapy as a catalyst for reducing symptoms of autism will be described. Focusing on three specific goals (commitment, community, interpersonal/intrapersonal relationships) this paper will describe how the Contra Dance form can be implemented into DMT sessions with this population. Finally, this paper will conclude with a case study, demonstrating why incorporating Contra Dance form into group DMT sessions within autism populations can reduce symptoms of those diagnosed.
Ellis, Jenna N., "Applying Elements of Contra Dance to Reduce Symptoms in Children with High-Functioning Autism" (2016). Dance/Movement Therapy Theses. 12.