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Neuroception and Attunement in Dance/Movement Therapy with Autism


During the 51st annual American Dance Therapy Association conference, this author participated in a cross-disciplinary panel “Polyvagal-informed Therapy for Trauma, Attachment and Autism” with Dr. C. Sue Carter, Executive Director of the Kinsey Institute and Rudy Professor of Biology at Indiana University and Dr. Stephen Porges, Distinguished University Scientist at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University Bloomington and Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The following article reprints the author’s remarks on this panel, focusing on the intersections between autism spectrum disorder treatment and the activation of the social engagement system through attuned mobilization in dance/movement therapy.

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Correspondence to Christina Devereaux.

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This author was invited by the American Dance Therapy Association to participate in the cross-disciplinary panel at the 51st annual conference. The article submitted is a duplication of her remarks given on this panel. The author is also the current co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy.

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Devereaux, C. Neuroception and Attunement in Dance/Movement Therapy with Autism. Am J Dance Ther 39, 36–38 (2017).

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  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Attunement
  • Dance/movement therapy
  • The Polyvagal Theory
  • Neuroception