Founded by Joanne Lara, Autism Movement Therapy is a movement and music method which allows progression from MovementWorks Developmental Dance Movement® (DDM) and which is suitable for older children (aged 7) all the way up to adults.
AMT offers an innovative, energetic and structured approach that stimulates the brain, aids sensory processing, develops communication and motor skills and addresses behaviours associated with ASD, all while having fun!
Reflecting a growing interest in the brain-body connection and incorporating the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis, AMT is an exciting approach which complements other therapeutic techniques for children on the autistic spectrum.
MovementWorks because movement wires.
“Programs like Joanne’s Autism Movement Therapy offer opportunities to develop the necessary and fundamental skills that benefit all our kids. Art saved my life!”
- Temple Grandin, PhD
Ali Golding and Joanne Lara presented the first joint international research-based 'Dance Workshop for Autism' at Rambert in London in the spring of 2016. Invitations followed to feature together at the U.K Autism Show in summer and at the New York Expressive Arts Summit and the National Autistic Society International Congress in autumn. The later two conferences presentations were delivered alongside Dr Stephen Shore.
Brent Knoll in LBO Lewisham was the first London ASD specific school to pilot an all-through-school approach. The Developmental Dance Movement® Programme was already established in the Brent Knoll curriculum following the success of the pilot and AMT is now additionally being offered to younger secondary classes. Other schools are also adopting the all-through-school approach as taught by the MovementWorks team. Greenwich University is leading a new study evaluating the impact of the two programmes on individuals with ASD.