Testimonials

"AMT provides children with Autism a world of fun and exciting sensory/motor experiences. Importantly, AMT may preclude the development of behavior challenges, often associated with Autism, and/or may minimize the frequency and intensity of such behavior. AMT as a relaxation technique holds the promise of assisting children with Autism with emotional regulation -- while they are engaged in a typical, age-appropriate and social activity -- dance!!"

Richard A. Mesaros, Ph.D., California State University, Northridge, Department of Special Ed

"This aut-erobics DVD has been too long in coming! I have been looking for videos along these lines since she was about 6, and she is now 15.  I am excited to see how well she progresses as the weeks go by."  

- Kitty J. Finn, Parent of 15 year old child with autism

"Joanne Lara seamlessly combines artistry with science as she takes the viewer through easy to understand, easy to implement movement exercises and activities for children with special needs. I highly recommend her aut-erobics DVD to any one who works with children on the autism spectrum." 

- Elaine Hall, Founder of The Miracle Project (Autism: The Musical), Author: Now I See the Moon: a mother, a son, a miracle

"We love the program! One little boy started the program at the end of June, he never spoke a word and would stand in the corner. Last class he actually sat and did circle time and said his name. His mom was in tears, she had only heard him say mom and dad. I can not thank Joanne enough for creating such a fantastic program.  The kids love the class and I love seeing them improve every class!" 

- Erica Matthews, Director The Autism & Movement Project-AMT  Pana,Il efrailey@panaschools.com

“When you take your passion to an all new level the satisfaction and happiness is immense. Teaching dance in the form of therapy in different schools to differently abled children since the past few months. Thank you Joanne Lara & Manish Samnani, your AMT is really working and doing magic on the little ones!” ~ Ambika Barthwal Dhasmana, Dehra Dun, India

"The AMT method strikes the right balance; a recreational dance session, which includes opportunity to develop creative imagination & also raises the barre of expectation within a structure that supports those on the autistic spectrum." - Ali Golding, Founder Movement Works www.movementworks.org

Movement that helps organize the brain is an important key to helping those with autism become more flexible in their thinking.  AMT should be an important part of any teacher education program for students on the spectrum.   

- Dr. KayDee Caywood, National University Lead Faculty Special Education

"AMT is interesting and certainly deserves its place in the home learning environment for individuals with autism."

Sharon Hensel – Cohen  M.S., C.C.C.  (Licensed Speech/ Language Pathologist

"One of the music and movement exercises from AMT Jacob and I do at home has already worked for his coordination and he blurted out a letter during the time we did it. He also did not get upset when I brought this method to his classroom. He actually participates and his peers are enjoying it. Yipee!"

- Julia Degler Boyd, Charleston, IL (mother of child with severe autism)

“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.  I attended an AMT workshop in the spring of 2010 and had to share Joanne’s knowledge and techniques with my fellow TR professionals in Illinois.  I was thrilled when Joanne agreed to come to our Illinois Parks and Recreation Conference.  We had a blast!  It didn’t matter what kind of background attendees had, dancer, TR Coordinator or parent; everyone took something away from Joanne’s sessions.” 

- Breane Cory, CTRS Recreation Coordinator, Therapeutic Recreation, Rockford Park District, Chicago, IL 

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"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

"It is rare to find someone who really understands children with special needs and who can keep them motivated to learn. This quality has been found in Joanne Lara."  

- Heather Green, parent child with autism

“The arts empower people with autism to connect. Joanne's "whole brain" approach, and the stories of the children and adolescents Joanne works with are inspiring and accessible, with the guidance of her book.”

Jane Ferris Richardson, EdD, ATR-BC, Associate Professor of Art Therapy, Lesley University, Art Therapist in Private Practice, specialising in individuals on the autism spectrum

"I don't know where to begin. But Jess & I want to give a BIG thank you for this past weekend. We could not have asked for a better experience. After the seminar we went out to dinner & could not stop talking about AMT & bringing it to the Philly area. We are so pumped about your program. What you have created is awesome & you should be so proud of your accomplishments. After seeing you in action I think you are doing what you were meant to do. You are so inspiring and empowering to children, parents and people like me. Thank you so much for this opportunity. Jess & I plan to offer AMT this summer. I'm sure we'll have a gagillion questions. So we'll be in touch. Thanks again & we like the way you think!"

- Denise Gucwa, Cert Workshop June 19 29 LA Denise Gucwa’s School of Dance gucwadance@comcast.net

“I will get the word and work out and bring your absolutely wonderful AMT program to as many as I can!  With immeasurable gratitude to you.”

- Joan Kavadlo, AMT Provider in NYC  jkavadlo@hotmail.com

“Life changing!"

-Cindi Triantos Trent - The American College of Greece, Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts

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