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ERIC Number: EJ1150733
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2154-1647
Use of a Creative Dance Intervention Package to Increase Social Engagement and Play Complexity of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Nelson, Catherine; Paul, Kristen; Johnston, Susan S.; Kidder, Jaimee E.
Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, v52 n2 p170-185 Jun 2017
Play skills are central to development of children's language and cognitive skills. However, social, symbolic, and object play skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are frequently impaired. This study examined the effects of a strategy that utilized preferred play materials, antecedent creative dance activities, and priming of complex play with preferred play materials within dance activities on play behaviors of children with ASD during learning centers in inclusive preschool classrooms. Measured play skills included social play, specific social play levels, and play complexity. The strategy was successful in increasing skills in all three areas. However, skill maintenance was limited.
Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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