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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
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Swing dance; Autism spectrum disorder; Autism
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a class of developmental disorders typically diagnosed during childhood. ASD is characterized by social deficits and repetitive behavioral patterns, which cause clinically significant impairment and are not better explained by intellectual disability (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). This doctoral paper proposes swing dancing as an adjunctive treatment option for high functioning adults with ASD. Swing dance is a category of social, partner dance initially set to swing style jazz music. This category most notably includes Lindy Hop, Charleston, Jitterbug and Balboa. Swing dance is an activity which grants social structure, is typically surrounded by an accepting social culture and helps individuals to further their physical awareness and adeptness.
Mulder-Rosi, Alia, "Swing dancing along the spectrum: a proposed unique adjunctive treatment approach for individuals with autism spectrum disorder" (2014). Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 39.