Book Title - Autism Movement Therapy Method
SubTitle- Waking up the Brain!
Authors- Joanne Lara, Keri Bowers
Foreword by Stephen M. Shore
Recreate the popular Autism Movement Therapy® program for kids with ASD with this practical guide. Learn how this innovative and energetic approach uses music and movement to help children on the autism spectrum address sensory processing and behaviour issues, develop motor skills, feel more comfortable within their bodies, and have fun!
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 behaviours 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.
'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, Ph.D.
'In addition to being a "must read", Autism Movement Therapy (R) as described in this book is a "must experience" for anyone wishing to learn how to empower individuals on the autism spectrum to first be more comfortable within their bodies, and second, achieve greater success interacting with the surrounding environment.'
- From the foreword by Stephen M. Shore, Clinical Assistant Professor at Adelphi University, and internationally-known author, speaker, and individual on the autism spectrum
'The beauty of this book is that Joanne breaks down AMT ® for all those interested in not only delivering a music and movement program but one specifically designed for individuals on the autism spectrum, including pedagogy and Best Practices ideology.'
- Erica Frailey-Matthews, The Autism & Movement Project
'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, and Art Therapist in Private Practice, specialising in children and young people on the autism spectrum
'Joanne's book captures it all: how AMT works, the impact of art and art expression, and the relationship of music and movement with the brain and its pathways. Joanne's unique way of intertwining her real life experience with children and their progress through AMT provides the reader with a true understanding of how AMT can impact every facet of a person's life by 'waking up the brain'.'
- Lisa M. Gifford, Autism Supports and Innovations Director, AMT Workshop Instructor, Authorized Social Stories Coach, Herkimer ARC
'Joanne Lara has taken the art of dance and movement and turned it into a therapy that all children with autism can benefit from. Joanne's book is fun and inspiring; she instilled a love of dance in my son that is beautiful to watch.'
- Navah Paskowitz-Asner, Executive Director of Programs & Development for The Friendship Circle By The Sea
'Autism Movement Therapy ® Method: Waking up the Brain! 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
'Since I first participated in Joanne Lara's Autism Movement Therapy, it has really helped me to connect the right side of my brain to the left. It helps people with autism to learn how to focus more through movement.'
- Dani Bowman, autism advocate, and founder of Power Light Animation Studios
'The authors include a number of diagrams and photographs and then provide an outline of a typical session, including information about music, linked to other skills being taught...this is an interesting introduction to this approach and it is written in a practical style.'
- SEN Magazine