What is Autism Movement Therapy® (AMT)?

Founded by Joanne Lara, Autism Movement Therapy is an established movement and music method for teaching individuals with autism. Ms. Lara is a core adjunct professor at L.A National University, holds a CCTC specialist teaching credential, helped design The American Certificate in Autism and is regarded worldwide as an expert in the field.
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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 Positive Behaviour Support strategies, AMT is an exciting approach which complements other therapeutic techniques for children on the autistic spectrum and has children meeting and achieving their speech, social and academic goals.

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Advocates of this method include Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Stephen Shore

“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

MovementWorks has a certified team of AMT teachers. Initially they are instructed directly by Ms. Lara and then undergo the only AMT approved Professional Level training with MovementWorks in the UK, which includes ongoing CPD training and assessment. This provides quality assurance for Schools/Groups wanting to provide a programme of Autism Movement Therapy and is an effective progression route from MovementWorks Developmental Dance Movement® (DDM) as AMT is suitable for older children (aged 7) all the way up to adults.


The first research-based international ‘Dance Workshop for Autism' was held by Ms. Lara and Ms. Golding at Rambert in London in the spring of 2016. Invitations followed to feature together at the U.K Autism Show, at the New York Expressive Arts Summit and the National Autistic Society International Congress.

Subsequent conferences have also been delivered alongside Dr Stephen Shore including a certified course on Autism accredited by Adelphi University .

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 offered to younger secondary classes. Other schools are also adopting the all-through-school approach as taught by the MovementWorks team.

A partnership with Greenwich University sees a new wave of the evidence base for the work presented at the World Conference on Movement and Cognition.

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Autism Movement Therapy Certification Workshop in conjunction with MovementWorks

AMT Professional Level Training – Please enquire 

Minimum Entry requirements: - Level 1 and Level 11 AMT Certification

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