On line supervision is helpful, affordable, and can be augmented with skype equipment. This is a good solution for international connections and I am finding that it permits me to widen the scope of the supervision I offer. Rather than just supervising in Louisiana and Mississippi I can now offer supervision throughout the country, so Greece is a real possibility!
Hi Vaughn, I have not conducted the research yet, still working on the proposal. I actually introduced movement to the special education school first. DMT is very new to the school however they are willing to let me conduct research for my thesis.
As Donna has shared, Suzi Tortora has worked a lot with children on the autism spectrum. In fact, I am organising a conference and training by Suzi in Netherlands in July under the Netherlands Dance Therapy Association about her 'Ways of Seeing' approach. I have attended her talk and workshop in a Germany conference and saw her video working with a child on autism spectrum. It is amazing! :)
Where are you based? If you are interested, you are welcome to enrol in the conference. Just write to me @email@example.com. Her website is http://www.dancingdialogue.com/ If you are based in US, I believe she holds training too. You can check her calendar on her website. She travels almost all over the world to do training.
In the book 'Dance and other expressive arts therapies', you can find dance therapists - Susan Loman and Tina Erfer written about DMT and children on autism spectrum. For Susan, she used Kesterberg Movement Profile together with DMT.
I have also attached ADTA website - A Comprehensive Listing of Dance Therapy Research - (I'm afraid those unpublished ones, some are only available in their university or not published as I tried to get hold of them, so I decided to stick to published ones, a pity that they are not available because I believe there are so much being found. http://www.adta.org/Default.aspx?pageId=395672
There is one old edition journal by Beth. I Kalish, Body Movement Therapy for Autistic Children, ADTA, 1968, 1, 1. is a must read. If you are a member of the ADTA, you can ge a copy from them.
Attached is another short write-out about DMT and Autism:
A book I would recommend you to read is 'Arts Therapies in Schools - Research and Practice' editd by Vicy Karkou. A section is written by different creative arts therapies working with children on autism spectrum including DMT.
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I hope these materials and research will help and provide support evidence you need to convince others. :) There are a lot more. Here are only some.
Charles G. Yopst wrote:1/24/2012. My own personal yearning. Someone somewhere some time has to sat that dance is equal to (or the basis of) all other human disciplines, because all depend upon body movements, music, drama, poetry, psychodrama, verbal. The body moves in all of these, motivated by feelings/emotions/affects and their scripted memories of behavior. The mind helps to plan and verbally articulate this. But without body movements, feelings/emotions/affects all remain unexpressed. The only people that do not use body movements are buried in the cemetery. The choice is not "if" but instead "how." Enough said. Back to the drawing board. Chuck Yopst
Charles G. Yopst wrote:1/24/2012. My own personal yearning. Someone somewhere some time has to say that dance is equal to (or the basis of) all other human disciplines, because all depend upon body movements, music, drama, poetry, psychodrama, verbal. The body moves in all of these, motivated by feelings/emotions/affects and their scripted memories of behavior. The mind helps to plan and verbally articulate this. But without body movements, feelings/emotions/affects all remain unexpressed. The only people that do not use body movements are buried in the cemetery. The choice is not "if" but instead "how." Enough said. Back to the drawing board. Chuck Yopst
Thank you first Chuck and then Joan for such beautiful thoughts about the foundations of our work....dance. At this point I just want to add another old reference by Havelock Ellis written in 1923 called The Dance of Life. He has separate chapters on the Arts of Dancing, Thinking, Writing, Religion and Morals.
Note he writes dancing in the active tense. He speaks of dance as the "source of all the arts that express themselves first in the human person. The art of building or architecture is the the beginning of all the arts that lie outside the person and in the end they unite." He also writes the the significance of dancing is that "general rhythm which marks not life only, but the universe." He goes on to speak of dance in relation to all human endeavors.... Anyway, I thought I would just add some old but interesting writing. For those who are unfamiliar with Ellis, he was a psychologist with other interests and was particularly involved in discussing sexual issues at that time....coining a few terms we still use.
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