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For Some Children With Autism, Dance Is a Form of Expression []


By Michele C. Hollow, The New York Times, November 19, 2019

As soon as James Griffin gets off the school bus he tells his mom, “Go dance, go dance.” James is 14 and has autism, and his speech is limited. He’s a participant in a program for children on the autism spectrum at the University of Delaware that is studying how dance affects behavior and verbal, social and motor skills.

One afternoon while dancing, he spun around, looked at his mother, smiled and shouted, “I love you.”

His mom, Rachelan Griffin, said she had waited his whole life to hear him say those words. “I think that the program is a big part of that, because he was dancing when he said it,” she said.

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