Workshop – Autism Movement Therapy Certification Workshop 2014

2 Days Autism Movement Therapy Certification Workshop, 15th-16th November 2014, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

lara_4Conducted By Director Joanne Lara, M.A. | Ms Joanne Lara, is a core adjunct professor at National University in Los Angeles, California where she teaches in the Special Education Department and helped design the Autism Certificate. Ms Lara has delivered in-home supervisor behavioral services for the California Regional Centers through Inclusive Education and Community Partnership (IECP) for over 7 years. Lara earned her master’s in Special Education from California State University, Northridge, and her B.A. in Dance from the University of South Florida. She holds a CCTC California Moderate/Severe Education Specialist K-12 teaching credential and taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District for over ten years, where she worked exclusively with students with autism. Founder of Autism Movement Therapy, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, and aut-erobics the DVD, Ms. Lara teaches Autism Movement Therapy classes in Van Nuys, CA. She is the Technical Advisor/Autism Consultant for Kiefer Sutherland’s new FOX TV show ‘TOUCH’.

Listen to Ms.Joanne Lara’s being interviewed by BFM on the 1st of October 2014.

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Listen to Ms.Joanne Lara as she is interviewed by Ms.Yasmin Yusuff on LiteFM Radio on the 29th of November 2013.


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“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.

The Autism Movement Therapy certification workshop is for those interested in learningamt5 how to provide a movement and music program in their communities. Designed for educators, parents, administrators, paraprofessionals, mental health care professionals, caregivers, dancers, service providers (Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Pathologists, Physiotherapist) individuals on the spectrum and anyone interested in working with the special needs population.

 Register Now! Limited To 40 Participants Only!

Participants will learn to plan and lead a developmentally age appropriate 45 minute “Time, Space & Energy” movement and music class that can be conducted in a dance studio, community center, clubs, residential home or classroom setting.

“Hi Joanne. I attended your AMT course at Kuala Lumpur last year. I practiced AMT with all types of diagnosis for my pediatric patients and the result was awesome; more focus, able to follow instruction, showing ability in creative skills and a lot more! Thanks for your knowledge and support.”Mohd Hazlan, Pediatric Occupational Therapist

“Joanne thank you for sharing your knowledge and love with us! We can’t wait to implement your program at our school and SEE YOU AGAIN! You have touched so many lives and you are so very much admired by all of us!!!” – Leslie Jarvis-Gettis, Director Peaches School of Dance and Music, Miami, Fl

AMT classes are an empowering sensory integration strategy that connects the left and right brain hemispheres by combing patterning, visual movement calculation, audile receptive processing, rhythm and sequencing into a “whole brain” cognitive thinking approach to significantly improve behavioral, emotional, academic, social and speech language skills. While the therapy was designed with Autism in mind, it’s used for individuals with Down syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder and intellectual disabilities, according to a news release.

 “I think every family in the autism community should check out this program. In just one weeks time my grandson has done a complete 360 with his behaviors. I have also seen changes for the better in both receptive and expressive language areas, socialization and ability to transition without becoming over stimulated. Thank you Joanne!!!!” – Cheryl Miller (Grandmother), Top Notch Cheer Gym, Fremont, Ohio 

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Summary of of 2 days Certification course outline

Day 1 – 9:30am – 3:00pm

Autism Movement Therapy® Part 1: “Whole Brain” Cognitive Re-Mapping Approach through Music and Movement                               

Brief Description:  Autism Movement Therapy is a movement and music integration strategy combining patterning, visual movement calculation, audile processing, rhythm and sequencing for a “whole brain” cognitive thinking approach that can significantly improve behavioral, emotional academic, social, speech and language skills.

Autism Movement Therapy® Part 2: Creating Your Own Autism Movement Therapy Program 

Brief Description: This session will teach you the tools and techniques to best prepare you to create your own Autism Movement Therapy program. Each skill will be explained and practiced, from circle games to story dances and from motor movement to sequencing and patterns.  Participants will even experience a full session of Autism Movement Therapy®.  (Please be dressed and prepared to move/dance.)

Day 2 –  10:00am – 3:00pm 

Autism Movement Therapy® : Positive Behavior Support (PBS) 

Brief Description: People display behavior every second of the day by breathing, walking, running…..dancing.  The goal of PBS is to redirect socially unacceptable behavior and teach replacement skills so that the participant will be successful. Positive Behavior Support emphasizes respecting, valuing, dignifying, understanding and listening to individuals that may display “behavior problems”. 

Click here for the detailed course outline

Course Fees and details 

Early Bird Fees by 25th October 2014 : RM 1,550.00

Normal Fees: RM 1,750.00

Register Now! Limited To 40 Participants Only!

Dates of Workshop : 15th and 16th November 2014 (Sat and Sun)
Venue : IDance Studio, F-5-02 Neo Damansara, No.1 Jalan PJU 8/1 (Bandar Damansara Perdana), 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor D.E., Malaysia
Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm

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Cancellation Policy

In order to receive a partial refund, please send a written notice of cancellation via email to pesonaempower{at} and attention to Ms. Christina Jeremiah not later than the 8th of November 2014. Alternatively you can also telephone or SMS Ms. Christina Jeremiah at 60 10 2329035 and cancel by the 10th of November 2014.

All cancellations are subject to a cancellation fee of 25% of payments received by PESONA EMPOWERMENT HUB. No refund shall be made under any circumstances for any notice of cancellation received after the 8th of November 2014, however a substitute delegate may be named, provided that PESONA EMPOWERMENT HUB is notified of such substitution prior to the commencement date of the event.

PESONA EMPOWERMENT HUB reserves the right to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances. PESONA EMPOWERMENT HUB is not liable for any expenses incurred by the participants. This workshop may be subject to change due to circumstances beyond the control of the organizers.

Organised by Pesona Empowerment Hub (002255986-M) Viva Mall KL & Noble Star Enterprise Sdn Bhd (304550-W) in collaboration with   Autism Movement Therapy, USA.


Any questions, contact Pesona Office at 60 10 2329035 | 60 16 2531870.

13 thoughts on “Workshop – Autism Movement Therapy Certification Workshop 2014

  1. Hi, I am Sharon (Speech Language Pathologist). Could you please reserve a seat for me for Autism Movement Therapy certification workshop on the 15th and 16th November 2014 in Malaysia. I will surely do the payment (early bird) on 4th of September as I am out of station currently and would only reach Malaysia on the 4th of September. Kindly do the needful.

  2. Are seats still available? I would like to reserve 2 seats. Payment will be made latest by tmr! Do let me know. I really need to go to this course.

  3. I am from Singapore and how do i get to this workshop? Is there any kind of arrangement to pickup from some location either hotel, airport or bus station to reached the place where the workshop is conducted?

    1. Hi Florence,

      Please note seats are still available, click into Register/Payment for the desired workshop and key in your details with your payment details. Below are some hotels nearby, easily accessible to transport to the venue of the workshop.

      Hotel Royale Bintang Kota Damansara
      Hotel OneWorld Bandar Utama
      Tune Hotel Kota Damansara
      9 Square Hotel
      I-Hotel Kota Damansara

      Please do contact me for further details.

  4. Is there more details about Autism Movement therapy? Can parent with no prior knowledge about AMT implement on his child or a small grp of autistic child after this workshop?

    1. Hi Florence

      It works wonders as I have started a support center and use it with all our students. Students have made leap steps in our daily programs as we incorporate a daily routine of AMT dance. It suits any child with learning difficulties or able differently. Yes you can as a parent use the dance movements with your child and it will be better with a group too.

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