Spark/AMT is a dance therapy program based on the principles of Autism Movement Therapy for children who struggle with motor coordination, social, speech, and behavioral skills, not just children with autism.
Each Spark/AMT class will consist of a warm up, short routines, movement across the floor, games, and tons of fun along the way! In addition to the program instructor, the class will be staffed with volunteers chosen by program instructor to assist hands on with the children to enhance their learning and experience in the program. The goals of Spark/AMT are to:
Classes will be held December 16th, January 13th, February 24th, March 24th, April 14th, and May 12th from 1-1:30pm at the Florissant location. To register for the program, contact us.
Autism Movement Therapy was developed by Joanne Lara, who is an adjunct professor in the Special Education Department at National University, Los Angeles, CA. She holds a master’s degree in special education from California State University, Northridge, and a bachelor’s degree in dance from the University of South Florida. Ms. Lara taught special education in the Los Angeles School District for 10 years, where she worked exclusively with students with autism.
“Autism Movement Therapy® is an Interhemispheric SENSORY INTEGRATION technique incorporating movement and music in collaboration with Positive Behavior Support (PBS) strategies to assist individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in meeting and achieving their speech and language, social and academic IEP goals.”
For more information on Autism Movement Therapy, please visit www.autismmovementtherapy.com.