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Dance and Movement as Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): A Case for Kuching, Sarawak

Dance and Movement as Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): A Case for Kuching, Sarawak
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Author(s): Jane Teo (British Ballet Organization, Malaysia) and Ong Puay Hoon (Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 12
Source title: Assistive Technologies for Physical and Cognitive Disabilities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lau Bee Theng (Swinburne University of Technology, Malaysia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7373-1.ch012

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Abstract

This chapter attempts to introduce the concept of Dance and Movement Therapy (DMT) in treating autistic-like symptoms and discusses the validity and feasibility of adopting DMT as a complementary component of an existing intervention framework. By defining mainstream DMT, identifying its implications for children across the spectrum, and briefly touching upon the theoretical aspects of its workings, it is hoped that parents, teachers, and educators can gain a more thorough understanding of this method. An outline of how it can be adapted for children with a range of abilities is also supplied. Finally, initial observations of DMT applied in Kuching, Malaysia, are shared with concluding suggestions for success within this particular cultural and social context. This chapter is aimed at the new practitioner looking for a starting point resource as well as parents, teachers, and educators who may be thinking about implementing DMT into a child's routine or programme.

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