ASD Dancers

Do you have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder who wants to dance?

WHAT IS THE STUDY ABOUT?

  • Dance has the potential to benefit physical and psychological health.
  • Many children with ASD want to dance, but sometimes it can be challenging for families to find inclusive programs in the community.
  • The AllPlay Dance team is running a new program to explore whether children with ASD experience any benefits from participating in dance.
  • We will look at whether dance can improve social functioning, thinking skills, emotional and behavioural wellbeing, and/or movement abilities.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

  • We are seeking families with children aged between 7 and 12 who have a formal diagnosis of ASD without intellectual disability.
  • Your child may be eligible to participate if they meet these criteria and will not be enrolled in another dance program during the study.

WHAT DOES PARTICIPATION INVOLVE?

  • The dance program will consist of 8 x 1-hour dance sessions, a rehearsal session, and short performance. These sessions will run on a Sunday morning at Deakin University Dance Studios in Burwood, Victoria during Term 3 or Term 4 2019.
  • The program will have a classical/contemporary focus and be run by dance and disability experts.
  • Children will also attend 2 sessions to complete a range of thinking and movement tasks.
  • Parents will complete 2 online surveys about their child’s abilities.
  • Everyone will have the opportunity to give feedback about their experiences.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To register your interest in the study, please click the button below:

Register Now

You can also download a copy of our Plain Language Statement, which contains detailed information about the study here.

For any other queries, email: apdancebenefits@deakin.edu.au or call: 9244 5712.
This study has received Deakin University ethics approval (reference number: 2019-061).