chapter  7
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Touching Autism rough Developmental Play erapy

ByJANET A. COURTNEY

Over the past several years, mental health practitioners, medical personnel, policy makers, and parents have witnessed a dramatic increase in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2011) an average of 1 in 110 children in the United States has ASD with the incidence predicted to rise. Inherent with this rise in autism is an increasing quandary about how to e®ectively assess and treat children with autism (Baker, McIntyre, Blacher, Crnic, Edelbrock, & Low, 2003; Brom¨eld, 2010; Gray, 2011). One approach called developmental play therapy (DPT), as formulated by Viola Brody in the 1960s, has long been recognized as an e®ective therapeutic approach used in the treatment of autism (Brody, 1993, 1997b).