Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

MS in Dance/Movement Therapy


Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program


This thesis uses a case study format to examine the use of dance/movement therapy with an adolescent boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It provides background information on ASD and the effectiveness of dance/movement therapy with this population. The case material focuses on forming a trusting relationship, discusses specific movement activities and approaches, and evaluates the child’s progress throughout the movement sessions. Children with disabilities often need extra support from their families when growing up. Specifically, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have difficulties forming relationships and changing repetitive behaviors. Utilizing dance/movement therapy techniques and movement analyses, children with ASD can expand on movement qualities, engagement and affect.