In China, AUNE’s Christina Devereaux Introduces Dance Therapy for Children with Autism

Christina Devereaux, assistant professor of applied psychology in the Dance Movement/Therapy and Counseling Program at Antioch University NewEngland, led a session at the First International Forum of Innovative Education for Children, held August 8-9 in Beijing, China.

Called “The Moving Relationship: Dance/Movement Therapy with Children,” Deveraux’s workshop introduced Chinese teachers and parents to dance/movement therapy as a way to help children with autism or other disorders.

In the past, little has been known in China about autism in children. But parents who once resisted psychological help for their children with autism disorders are becoming more open to therapy. “China is new to such dancing therapy targeting children with various psychological issues,” according to China Network Television (CNTV) coverage. “Growing demands for special education have made teachers and parents want to try innovative ways to teach their beloved.”

“Tony Zhou, program director of Inspirees [International Institute for Art Therapy, which organized the conference], said, ‘We have a new younger generation coming up, from the 80s, 90s, born with new technology and concept. It’s easier, not easy, but easier for them to adapt to new concepts and give it a try,'” said CNTV.

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