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ERIC Number: EJ1224645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1464-7893
'Dance Is Something That Anyone Can Do': Creating Dance Programs for All Abilities
Reinders, Nicole J.; Bryden, Pamela J.; Fletcher, Paula C.
Research in Dance Education, v20 n2 p257-274 2019
Dance -- created by a moving body over space and time -- creates space for non-verbal communication and self-expression. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder may particularly benefit from the use of their bodies to convey their needs and desires. This research presents the experiences of individuals involved in two recreational dance programs for young people with additional needs, specifically children with ASD as well as their mothers, dance instructors, and volunteers. This article presents the first of two themes that emerged from interviews with nine individuals (one child, three mothers, three instructors, three volunteers), which was Creating Dance Programs for all Abilities. The subthemes were Changing the Class to Fit the Student, Juggling Everyone's Needs, and Volunteers Make It Possible. Practical applications based on this research are presented at the end in hopes that there are more opportunities for individuals with ASD and other special needs to experience the joy of dance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada