A Comprehensive Listing of Dance Therapy Research

Bibliography of Dance/Movement Therapy with Children

Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Compiled by Lenore Hervey and Andrew Rush

(See also: Infancy & Childhood; Abuse, Sexual Abuse & Trauma in Children; Adolescence; Education; Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorders; Medical Illness and Physical Disabilities in Children; Psychiatric, Behavioral and Emotional Disorders in Children)

Theses & Dissertations

Anderson, A.N. (1987). The effectiveness of dance-movement therapy intervention on mastering the stages of separation-individuation on a single child with childhood onset pervasive developmental disorder. Unpublished master’s thesis, Goucher College, Towson, MD.

Azizollahoff, J. (1992). Dance therapy and autism: A case study of Miss S. Unpublished master’s thesis, Hunter College, New York.

Bertz, J.M. (1995). A developmental comparison of body movement and mental age in children with Down Syndrome. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Bullivant, M.T. (1989). Dance/movement therapy for the autistic child: A case study. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Castais, B.
(1987). Development of object relations in an autistic child through dance movement therapy: A case study. Unpublished master’s thesis, Hunter College, New York.

Conner, M.R. (1998). The effects of group dance/movement therapy on the social relatedness of preschool children with pervasive developmental disorders. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Cornman, D.E. (1997).  Dance/movement therapy and autistic disorder: A case analysis of a father/son interaction. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Daigle, R. (1993). Application of the Kestenberg Movement Profile to the clinical assessment of the mother-autistic child dyad. Unpublished master’s thesis, Antioch/New England Graduate School, Keene, NH.

Davis, A. (1991). Case study of an autistic child. Unpublished master’s thesis, Antioch/New England Graduate School, Keene, NH.

Diamond, R. (1996). A study comparing mother-child dance/movement therapy and individual dance/movement therapy in the treatment of children diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorders. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Economou, K. (1996). Developing interaction with an autistic child in dance movement therapy. Unpublished master’s thesis, Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, London.

Eldred, K.G. (1989). Case study of movement therapy with a nine-year old developmentally delayed boy. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Ferrara, E.G. (1988). Exploring the dance/movement therapy relationship in two autistic boys. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of California, Los Angeles.

Galing, A.J. (1989). The correlation of expressive movement qualities and creative potential in ego disturbed/developmentally delayed and normal children. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Gonzales, P.S. (1994). Dance therapy and autism: A case study of Miss J. Unpublished master’s thesis, Hunter College, New York.

Guerra, A. (1989). The relationship of dance therapy experience with synchrony and proximity in autistic children. Unpublished master’s thesis, Hunter College, New York.

Hagen, B.W. (1989). The role of feeding behavior in the development of an autistic child: A case study. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Hedson, A.B. (1995). Dance/movement therapy and behavior therapy for the autistic child: A literature review. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Kohler, A.O. (1999). Dance-movement therapy with applied behavior analysis for children with autism: A valuable combination. Unpublished master’s thesis, Columbia College, Chicago.

North, C.J. (1995). Investigating the mind-body relationship: The psychological and physical effects of developmental dance/movement therapy on a five year old nonverbal child with autism. Unpublished master’s thesis, California State University, Hayward.

Penney, D.M. (2002). A case study: Dance/movement therapy as a medium for teaching sign language to a non-verbal child with autism. Unpublished master’s thesis, Columbia College, Chicago.

Pirkl, U. (1989).  A case description of a slightly mentally retarded ten-year-old girl working in dance therapy on the minimization of contact deficiency. Unpublished master’s thesis, Langen Institut, Monheim, Germany.

Raynor, R.M. (1995). Dance therapy and children with autism: A theoretical framework. Unpublished master’s thesis, Hunter College, New York.

Scharf-Ratner, S. (1997). “To feel” dance-movement therapy with an autistic child. Unpublished master’s thesis, Lesley College Graduate School, Cambridge, MA.

Schmidt, B. (1988). A case description: Using dance therapy in dealing with the phenomenon regression of a boy with general developmental deficiencies. Unpublished master’s thesis, Langen Institut, Monheim, Germany.

Sindelar, K.A. (1989). The relationship between language and motor development in children with developmental aphasia. Unpublished master’s thesis, Antioch/New England Graduate School, Keene, NH.

Slayton, C.K. (2000). Mobile family dance/movement therapy for children with pervasive developmental disorder: A comparative multiple case study. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Stent, D. (1994). Dance/movement therapy and childhood autism. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of California, Los Angeles.

Tolotti, J.L. (1988). The use of rhythmic movement in dance/movement therapy with autistic children. Unpublished master’s thesis, Goucher College, Towson, MD.

Watney, L. (1992). A case study of the effects of dance/movement therapy on a child with Downs syndrome. Unpublished master’s thesis, Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, London.

Woodring, J. (1987). Aspects of synchrony in the development of a therapeutic relationship with autistic children. Unpublished master’s thesis, Goucher College, Towson, MD.

Journal Articles & Papers

Blakeslee, S. (1999). Child’s movements may offer an early clue to autism. New York Times (Science Section), Jan. 26, [on-line] Retrieved on February 6, 2003 from http://query.nytimes.com.

Boswell, B. (1991). Comparison of two methods of improving dynamic balance of mentally retarded children. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 73(3), Pt 1: 759-64.

Boswell, B. (1993). Effects of movement sequences and creative dance on balance of children with mental retardation. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 77(2), 1290.

Hartshorn, K.; Olds, L.; Field, T.; Delage, J.; Cullen, C.; Escalona, A. (2001). Creative movement therapy benefits children with autism. Early Child Development & Care, 166, 1-5.

Howlin, P. (1989). Changes to approaches to communication training with autistic children. British Journal of Disorders of Communication, 24, 151-168.

Parteli, L. (1995). Aesthetic listening: Contributions of dance/movement therapy to the psychic understanding of motor stereotypes and distortions in autism and psychosis in childhood and adolescents. Special Issue: European Consortium for Arts Therapy Education (ECArtE). The Arts in Psychotherapy, 22(3), 241-247.

Stockman, I.J. (1986). New directions in the treatment of severe developmental disability: St. Gallen, Switzerland's Model of Guided Movement Therapy. Fellowship Report. National Inst. of Handicapped Research (ED), Washington, DC./World Rehabilitation Fund, Inc., New York, NY.

Tortora, S.
(2001). The use of the “Ways of Seeing” program with a young child with Rett Syndrome. Columbia University Teachers College: Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: Sciences & Engineering. Vol. 62 (5-B).

Video

Ophir, Y. (1987). Group therapy with autistic children by means of dance therapy movement. (Videocassette). Ramat-Efal, Israel.

Books and chapters from books

Dupont, B.B. & Schulmann, D.
(1987). Dance therapy with physical therapy for children with Down syndrome.

Erfer, T. (1995). Treating children with autism in a public school system. In F. Levy (Ed.), Dance and other expressive arts therapies. (pp. 191-211). New York: Routledge.


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