On Monday night at 8pm, be sure to tune in for our newest episode of Hope Saves the Day on Autism Radio .Tonight's shows Guest will be with Joanne Lara Founder and President of Autism Movement Therapy!
Joanne Lara is an adjunct professor at National University in the department of Special Education in Los Angeles, California. Lara earned her master's in Special Education; Moderate/Severe & Multiple Disabilities from California State University, Northridge and a B.A. in Dance from the University of South Florida. She holds a California Moderate/Severe Education Specialist K-12 teaching credential and taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District for over 10 years, where she worked exclusively with students with autism. Ms. Lara is the director of the behavioral ABA branch of Autism Movement Therapy-AMT based in Los Angeles, California.
Joanne Lara taught dance in the Los Angeles Unified School District Arts Prototype program, delivering standard based instruction to K-6th grade general education students as well as special needs students. Ms. Lara has written extensively about Environmental Toxins and Autism (see Research), and presents "Autism Movement Therapy" certification workshops and lecture/presentations throughout the United States.
Autism Movement Therapy, Inc a nonprofit organization, is focused on serving the autism community by supporting autism research (Dr Martha Herbert PhD, TRANSCEND RESEARCH PROGRAM - Mass General Hospital for Children), environmental organizations (The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) & the Environmental Defense Action Fund (EDF) as well as providing community outreach.
Through cognitive re-mapping, Joanne Lara's successful 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
Please consider making a generous donation/gift to Autism Movement Therapy, Inc. Your gift will help bring the joy of music & movement to so many individuals with autism and related disabilities who otherwise would not be able to participate in a formal, structured dance program. In addition, your donation will help fund autism research at one of the leading hospitals in the world, Mass Gen Hospital for Children. Together we can make a difference!
We now have AMT centers in Los Angeles, Tarzana, San Diego, El Dorado Hills Ca, Miami & Pembroke Pines Florida, Philadelphia, Sellersville, Pottsville & Lansdale PA, Fremont, Defiance, Miton, Norwalk & Bryan Ohio, Chicago & Charleston & Pana Illinois, Springfield MO, Brownsville, TX, Calgary & Quebec Canada, and Wales, UK. AMT is currently in the Pennsylvania School District, P.A.T.H Academy for Autism in Bryan, Ohio, Herkimer Area Resource Center in Herkimer, NY , The Vista Del Mar School in Los Angeles and The Lighthouse Center in Mumbai, India. Fisher-Titus Medical Center is excited to be the first hospital rehabilitation center in the state of Ohio to offer Autism Movement Therapy.
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
Temple Grandin, PhD, well known author, advocate and Colorado State University professor, tells us that 'repetitive rocking motion that requires a person to continually find and refind their balance stimulates areas of the brain where learning receptors are located.'
"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
Realizing that the arts of movement and music are important to all, Joanne elevates this vital component of intervention to new levels. People on the autism spectrum (as well as everyone else) need to move!"
-Stephen Shore Ed D, on the autism spectrum, Professor of Special Education, Adelphi University. Internationally known author, consultant, and presenter on issues related to autism
Joanne Lara has been instrumental in the further enrichment of my skills and knowledge, especially in developing our Autism Certificate at National University. Thus the exploration of ‘Autism’ only benefits from Joanne and her work.”
-Kay Dee Caywood, Ph.D., Lead Faculty, Special Education, National University
"Give me the chance to come through.All I ever needed was the music, and the mirror, And the chance to dance..."
Cassie, A Chorus Line
Ms Lara is available for workshops, lectures, keynotes and private consultation. For booking and speaking engagements contact:
Annie Jennings PR