NEW PUBLISHED RESEARCH: EXPECTATIONS AND EXPERIENCES OF A DANCE PROGRAMME FOR AUTISTIC CHILDREN: A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF PARENTS, TEACHERS AND THERAPISTS.

Sharing the news of a newly published research paper by our Founder, Artistic and Managing Director, Ali Golding With Zoe Ambrose (Department of Family Care and Mental Health, University of Greenwich) Joanne Lara (Department of Education, National University, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA), Christina Malamateniou (Department of Family Care and Mental Health, University of Greenwich) and Dido Green (Department of Rehabilitation, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden)

Key points

  • Parents, teachers and therapists have many similar as well as divergent perspectives of the potential benefits as well as challenges of dance movement therapies for autistic children.
  • This paper highlights the potential of a developmental dance therapy programme for autistic children while simultaneously recognising the need for an outcome measure to evaluate outcomes of importance to families, teachers and professionals involved with these children.
  • Further research is needed to capture expectations, experiences and perspectives of autistic individuals, particularly those who are non-verbal.
  • Linking findings to ICF core sets in ASD marks a progression in identifying acknowledged and potentially new categories of functioning as a first stage towards developing a specific novel measurement tool for dance movement research and the impact of dance interventions in educational and clinical settings.

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