FUNdaMENTALS is a movement program designed for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or ASD. FUNdaMENTALS is a series of games using dance and an accelerated journey through the stages of human development.
The main premise for creating this program was simply the correlation between Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and dance. ASD often manifests as repetitive movement motifs: swaying, rocking, clapping, waving, and a host of other behaviors. In dance we have a codified set of movement motifs that help us focus. It is my belief that if a child with ASD is introduced to a program that satiates his or her need for these stimuli in a focused and progressive manner that the child will become more open and able to function in the non-ASD world.