chapter  17
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Moving Into Relationships: Dance/Movement erapy With Children With Autism

ByCHRISTINA DEVEREAUX

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by widespread abnormalities of social interactions and communication as well as restricted interests and repetitive behavior (APA, 2000). As of 2010, 1 in 110 individuals was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.  ese statistics, according to Autism Speaks (2010), are more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. Furthermore, autism reportedly occurs four times more o©en in boys than in girls and occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups (NINDS, 2008). Early warning signs and subsequent diagnosis of the disorder are ¨rst suspect when developmental milestones appear to not be met.