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Autism Movement Therapy Class 3-5 yrs old 

Starting September 7th  111:30am - 12:15pm

The Ed Asner Family Center 

R & R Arts Studio 

15359 Cohasset St

Van Nuys, Ca  91406 

323 240-0361


11:30-12:15 pm Saturday's 


Call Joanne at 323 240-0361 for more info 




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.

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


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


Participants 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.)

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.


Participants will learn the different elements and movement of dance.


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




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”. 


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


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.


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Autism Movement Therapy: My Thoughts on June 13 & 14th 2015 AMT Certification Workshop

I observed closely how Joanne was managing her class and was in awe at her patience and understanding of the children. I have never met someone who really just “got it” when it comes to kids on the spectrum the way that Joanne did. She pushes them to do the best that they can do even if it is just making eye contact with her in the mirror. She understood that each child is different and she worked with each child on a sort of “case by case basis.”


It was so interesting seeing how Joanne combined neurological findings with dance sequences. During the routines she would make comments such as what movement works what parts of the brain and exactly her motivation for adding a certain dance move into her routine. Although from an outsiders perspective the class may seem like a kids dance class like any other however, Joanne really incorporates research based methods into every part of her class. Getting up and moving with the children was a lot of fun and an excellent way to be introduced to the therapy.


- Kristina Zion, Testimonial Letter. Read the entire letter here!