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Autism Movement Therapy

Joanne Lara, MA

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | Nutrition & Dietetics CE | School Psychology CE | Teaching CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Video

Course Abstract

Autism Movement Therapy is a 2-hour video-based online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that teaches professionals how to combine movement and music with positive behavior support strategies to assist individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Autism Movement Therapy® is an emerging therapy that combines movement and music with positive behavior support strategies to assist individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in meeting and achieving their speech and language, social and academic goals. Its purpose is to connect left and right hemisphere brain functioning by combining patterning, visual movement calculation, audile receptive processing, rhythm and sequencing into a “whole brain” cognitive thinking approach that can significantly improve behavioral, emotional, academic, social, and speech and language skills. This course is presented in two parts. Part 1 summarizes what is known about the brain functioning of individuals with ASD and illustrates how participation in dance, music and the arts can render the brain more amenable to learning social and language skills. Part 2 is a documentary created by Joanne Lara – Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts, which spotlights – from a strikingly positive perspective – the challenges and accomplishments of eight individuals with ASD.

Closeout Course #20-82 | 2014 | 106 minute video | 14 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1.Identify the parts and functions of the brain relevant to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
2.List ways in which music and independent movement can help strengthen the four lobes of the brain
3.Identify the elements involved in the program design and intent of Autism Movement Therapy®
4.Name ways in which the arts can play a positive role in the lives and functionality of individuals with ASD
CE INFORMATION

Professional Development Resources is a CPE Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR #PR001). CPE accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of provider programs or materials. Professional Development Resources is also a provider with the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (#50-1635). 

COURSE DIRECTIONS

This video course provides instant access to the course video, course handout and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to view the video, download/print the course handout and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while watching the course video).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Joanne Lara, MA, earned her master's in special education from California State University Northridge and her BA in dance from the University of South Florida. She founded the nonprofit organization Autism Movement Therapy and teaches AMT classes in Van Nuys, CA, where she is the director of Autism Movement Therapy-AMT Behavior. Joanne is currently a core adjunct professor at National University in Los Angeles and helped to design the Autism Certificate Program. In addition, she produced the soon-to-be-released documentary Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts and served as technical advisor/autism consultant for Kiefer Sutherland’s FOX TV series Touch. To learn more about AMT Certification Workshops & Licensing visit www.autismmovementtherapy.org

Disclosure

Financial
: Ms. Lara has an ownership position in Autism Movement Therapy and production of the DVD Auterobics. She also receives royalties from Professional Development Resources on sales of her courses.
Nonfinancial
: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 


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