A practical guide to the innovative Autism Movement Therapy (AMT) approach--structured movement and music classes designed to stimulate the brain, aid sensory processing and decrease problem behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorders.
Reflecting a growing interest in the body-brain connection, and incorporating the principles of applied behavior analysis, the AMT approach uses music and movement to develop audio, visual, gross motor and spatial awareness skills in children with autism. The book breaks down the components of the typical 45 minute session, from circle games to story dances, and explains how the reader can create their own AMT program.
This exciting new approach will complement other therapeutic techniques for children on the autism spectrum and can be used by a wide range of professionals, such as teachers, arts therapists and dance instructors, as well as parents and carers.
"Autism Movement Therapy Method is a groundbreaking work and a joyously life-affirming book. Here, the dance studio is both a classroom as well as a warm, safe, and fun community, fostering the development of the participants' awareness from the inside out. Unlocking the unknown potential of those on the autism spectrum through dance and music, it offers new hope and real answers for those often pre-judged as incapable of change and a clarion call for the absolute necessity of arts education in child development."--James Sutton, Ballet master, choreographer and writer, former associate arts professor, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University
Joanne Lara, MA, was a professional dancer before becoming a classroom education specialist and university professor. She is the founder of the nonprofit organization Autism Movement Therapy, based in Los Angeles, California, which certifies, trains, and licenses dancers, educators, parents, and professional service providers in AMT. Joanne is a core adjunct professor at National University in California and teaches weekly Autism Movement Therapy classes in Van Nuys, where she has a private behavioral consultation practice.
144 pages. 2015
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