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CONTACT JOANNE FOR FUTURE CERTIFICATION WORKSHOPS

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AMT identifies the deficit areas in the brain through movement & music and teaches to it!

- Joanne Lara, MA Founder AMT



What People are saying:

“Autism Movement Therapy is a solid method we have chosen to integrate into our DRAGONFLIES program. We have seen first hand the reorganizing of the brain. The students are opening up their minds to self expression, behaviors are decreasing and the non-verbal children are increasing in speech and language skills. Thank you Joanne, for creating a method that works.” - Julia Boyd, Jacob’s MOM, Director of DRAGONFLIES, Special Need Program, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


I just love working with my students with your Autism Movement Therapy program. The kids enjoy the activities and are actually showing improvement! Some of us are thinking about offering it as a summer recreational class for communities in the area. Thanks again for such a valuable tool.  ~Ann Spina, Physical Therapist, Utica City School District, Utica, NY 13501 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


"In the field of Therapeutic Recreation (TR) field, we are always looking for fun and innovative ways to help our participants and patrons reach their potential. It didn’t matter what kind of background attendees had, dancer, TR Coordinator or parent; everyone took something away from Joanne’s sessions. We had a blast!” 
Breane Cory, CTRS   Recreation Coordinator, Therapeutic Recreation  Rockford Park District , Rockford, IL  (Il Parks Conference "Soaring to New Heights"  Chicago 2011)


I wanted to tell you that Morgan and I have revised our class and it is fantastic. I also started having my son and daughter attend my class as an example....or model if you will...it has been terrific too. I am so very grateful that I took your seminar. It was wonderfully helpful and fun too!!! I am hoping that my classes continue to grow and I already received an e mail from a woman asking about your work shop. I told her how wonderfully helpful it was and explained the many benefits I received from having take your class. She e mailed me back and said she is now definitely taking it!!! Anyway, I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful work you do and share. - Valerie Brandt Soetermans This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


"I had an absolutely amazing time at your workshop. I learned so much- even just seeing you interact with the children was a learning experience. I have been talking my family and friends ears off about it. " - Rebecca Pikula, Hubbard Street Dance Center, Chicago, Il

"Joanne Lara is a true expert in the field of autism. She has a remarkable knowledge, education and experience base from which she has developed and created Autism Movement Therapy as a new conceptual practice. This practice can assist children with autism by using movement to create both habit and brain chemistry changes. These important changes can assist children with help in reaching various milestones in their learning. I attended a workshop with her in Chicago, Illinois in March 2010 where I was able to see her fully engage young autistic students. Her rapport and professionalism with parents is also highly noteworthy. I highly recommend both Joanne Lara and Autism Movement Therapy."
Bob Hudson, MA, M Ed
Intervention Specialist--Special Education & Gifted
K-1st Grade Autism & Multiple Exceptionalities
Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD)
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"Our staff and participants were very positively impacted by your presence here, and we are conducting classes on a regular basis using your methods and materials. You are welcome back when you are next in Chi-town."
- Jim Haptonstahl, Director Seguin Services, Cicero, Ill This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Dance Studio in Pennsylvania is First in State to Offer Autism Movement Therapy, Starting Sept 27, 2010

http://autism.healingthresholds.com/news/dance-studio-pennsylvania-first-state-offer-autism-movement-therapy



Contact Joanne at jolara@nullroadrunner.com for future certification workshops


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Where it's located:

R & R Arts Studio
15359 Cohasset St
Van Nuys, Ca 91406


Autism Movement Therapy™ Two Day Certification Workshop

"Programs like Joanne's Autism Movement Therapy offer opportunities for our kids to develop the necessary and fundamental skills that benefit all our kids.  Art saved my life!"   - Temple Grandin, PhD

· Candidates receive an Autism Movement Therapy® Handbook, music CD & an aut-erobics DVD.

· Designed for parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, caregivers, dancers, professionals & individuals on ASD spectrum to develop skills and strategies for instruction of an Autism Movement Therapy® class, movement & music, connecting left & right hemispheres of the brain for a "whole brain" cognitive re-mapping approach to increase desired behavior, on-task activity, social skills & speech & language skills is explored through sequencing and patterning techniques.



Day 1 –


10:00-11:15am Power Point - The Brain & Q & A

11:30 -12:15pm AMT 45 minute class (open to children of participants with autism & their siblings and friends)

Autism Movement Therapy® Part 1: “Whole Brain” Cognitive Re-Mapping Approach through Music and Movement

Brief Description: Autism Movement Therapy is a movement and music integration strategy combining patterning, visual movement calculation, audile processing, rhythm and sequencing for a “whole brain” cognitive thinking approach that can significantly improve behavioral, emotional academic, social, speech and language skills.

Learning Outcomes:

1.) Participants will learn the parts of the brain and their functions specifically pertinent to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

2.) Participants will learn how music and independent movement can help strengthen the bridge between the right and left hemispheres in the brain.

3.) Participant will be introduced to the program design and intent of Autism Movement Therapy ®


12:15 – 1:00 Lunch (Provided)


1:00pm 2pm – Breakdown components of AMT : Axial Movement, Pathways, Shapes & Levels (Handbook)


2-3:00pm Story Dancing & Sense Poem (strategy to choreograph a presentation for a large number of students for performance -collaborative presentation)


Autism Movement Therapy® Part 2: Creating Your Own Autism Movement Therapy Program

Brief Description: This session will teach you the tools and techniques to best prepare you to create your own Autism Movement Therapy program. Each skill will be explained and practiced, from circle games to story dances and from motor movement to sequencing and patterns.  Participants will even experience a full session of Autism Movement Therapy®.  (Please be dressed and prepared to move/dance.)

Learning Outcomes:

1.) Participants will learn how to combine strategies and elements in order to create their own Autism Movement Therapy® session as well as gain knowledge and the tools needed to stage a multi person performance based production at their own facility, school or recreation center.

2.) Participants will learn the different elements and movement of dance.

3.) Participants will learn how both above stated skills benefit individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Day 2 -


10am -11:45
AMT 45 minute class with additional strategies for higher level students

11:45- 12:30 Lunch (Provided)

12:30- 1:30 Generation A : Portraits of Autism & the Arts, Documentary with Temple Grandin PhD, Dr Stephen Shore, Ed Asner, Elaine Hall ...

1:45- 3:00pm Power Point on Positive Behavior Support (PBS) & 4 Functions of Behavior (ABA) Guided collaboration practicum

Autism Movement Therapy® : Positive Behavior Support (PBS)

Brief Description: People display behavior every second of the day by breathing, walking, running…..dancing.  The goal of is to redirect socially unacceptable behavior and teach replacement skills so that the participant will be successful. Positive Behavior Support emphasizes respecting, valuing, dignifying, understanding and listening to individuals that may display “behavior problems”.

Learning Outcomes:

1.) Participants will learn the 4 different functions of behavior for all individuals (Escape/avoidance, attention, tangible & sensory)

2.) Participants will learn Positive Behavioral Support strategies in order to provide appropriate learning environments that are supportive and creative for the individual at the same time.


"Joanne Lara knows that the brain needs the body to move.  In this DVD she gives the gift of her artful knowledge to children with autism, helping them to fulfill their wholeness and their potential." - Martha R. Herbert, Ph.D., M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, Center for Morphometric Analysis/Pediatric Neurology, TRANSCEND Research Program Harvard Medical School


"Joanne thank you for sharing your knowledge and love with us! We can't wait to implement your program at our school and SEE YOU AGAIN! You have touched so many lives and you are so very much admired by all of us!!!" - Leslie Jarvis-Gettis,  Director Peaches School of Dance and Music, Miami, Fl This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


"Autism Movement Therapy is a solid method we have chosen to integrate into our DRAGONFLIES program. We have seen firsthand the reorganizing of the brain. The students are opening up their minds to self expression, behaviors are decreasing and the non-verbal children are increasing in speech and language skills. Thank you Joanne, for creating a method that works." - Julia Boyd, Jacob’s MOM, Director of DRAGONFLIES Special Needs Program -Mattoon/Charleston Illinois, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Recipient Pepsi™ Community Grant 2011 ). You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Joanne's DVD clearly encourages movement on both sides of the body, alone and together, which is a brain exercise in mainstreaming the two hemispheres. This type of exercise, done at the child's own pace in their natural and undistracting environ, will allow them to optimize the benefits of movement therapy. The particular process of AMT is interesting and certainly deserves its place in the home learning environment for individuals with ASD. -Sharon Hensel – Cohen M.S., C.C.C. (Licensed Speech/ Language Pathologist)