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Ability School of Dance - Autism Movement Therapy, Inclusive/Accessible Ballet, Wellbeing Dance Classes & more

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ABILITY SCHOOL OF DANCE offer specialised, inclusive, accessible opportunities to dance, for individuals of all ages and abilities (including D/deaf, Disabled &/ Neurodivergent individuals)!

Our classes are specifically tailored to suit those from a wide selection of marginalised groups, who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the benefits of dance.

We cover both the creative and technical aspects of movement, in a variety of styles and genres.

Our aim is to promote physical, mental and emotional wellbeing for all of our participants. We achieve this by focusing on multiple skill sets, which in turn also vastly improve the future life prospects of our dancers.

For Autism Movement Therapy (AMT), Inclusive/Accessible Ballet, Wellbeing Dance Classes & more - please get in touch to book onto a free taster session!

 

AMT is an exciting, innovative approach, combining movement, music and improvisation in a highly structured program, in order to enrich the lives of individuals on the Autism Spectrum. 

Supported by academic research, the AMT method is proving to be one of the most effective ways to activate and awaken areas of the brain, which may otherwise remain dormant in these individuals.

AMT works by involving both visual movement mirroring and auditory receptive processing, alongside repetition of progressive patterns and increasingly complex sequences, to stimulate both the left and right hemispheres of the brain simultaneously.

Whereas in Autism, communication between the two hemispheres is impaired, this in turn promotes interhemispheric integration - cognitive re-mapping, made possible by the existence of neuroplasticity - through which both established and new neuronal pathways across the corpus callosum are strengthened.

Ultimately, connectivity and transmission across the whole brain is optimised, enabling individuals on the Autism Spectrum to process information in a far more efficient manner.

AMT has repeatedly been shown to lead to vast improvements in social interaction, self-esteem, behavioural responses, emotional regulation, speech & language comprehension, sensorimotor skills, focus, memory and consequentially, in addition, academic achievement.

Rather than “fixing” autism, AMT aims to empower individuals, enabling them to become more independent and better able to cope in an unpredictable, neurotypical world, therefore allowing them to lead happier, more fulfilling lives.

Who to contact

Name
Joanna Haste
Position
Dance Teacher & Autism Movement Therapist
Telephone
07546297808
Email
abilityschoolofdance@outlook.com
Website
http://www.abilityschoolofdance.co.uk
Social Media
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Address
Kesgrave High School
Main Road
Kesgrave
Ipswich
SUFFOLK
Postcode
IP5 2PB

Where to go

Name
Dance Studio & Drama Studio
Address
Kesgrave High School
Main Road
Kesgrave
Ipswich
SUFFOLK
Postcode
IP5 2PB
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Area served
Ipswich, East Suffolk, Woodbridge, Felixstowe, Kesgrave
Parking available
Yes
Parking details
Parking available in the school car park
Notes

DISABLED PARKING, ACCESS & TOILET AVAILABLE

Days & Times

Open every day for contacting
Time of day
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Session Information
Classes on Saturday mornings & Mondays/Thursdays After-School

Other details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5 Per session
Cost Details
Usually paid half-termly
Referral required?
No
Age Groups
16-25 years, Children (5-11), Adults, Young people
Accessibility
Disabled Parking, Wheelchair Access, Adapted Toilet, Sign Language
Notes

Everyone is welcome - we will adapt our classes to suit your needs!

Service users involved in planning
Yes

Nursery provision

Vacancies

Immediate vacancies
Yes

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes
Cultural provisions
Yes
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Yes - Everyone is welcome - we will adapt our classes to suit your needs!
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Aspergers Syndrome
Asthma
Autistic spectrum
Brittle Bones
Cancer
Cerebral Palsy
Challenging Behaviour
Colostomy Bag
Communication difficulties
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Cystic Fibrosis
Diabetes
Downs syndrome
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
Eczema
Emotional needs
Epilepsy
Fragile X
Generalised Hypotonia
Global Delay
Hearing Difficulties
Hydroclelus
Hypermobility
Learning difficulties
Lissencephaly
Mentally Disabled
Milas Syndrome
Motor impairment
Muscular dystrophy
Oculocutaneous Albinism
Osteogenisis Imperfecta
Physical impairment
Reflux
Renal failure
Rickets
Serious allergy
Severe dietary needs
Social development impairment
Speech and language difficulties
Tracheotomy
Turners Syndrome
Visual impairment
Williams Syndrome
Facilities
Accessible parking, Private changing area, Quiet area, Sensory play equipment

Other Details

Local Offer

Local Offer
Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

We offer specialised, inclusive opportunities to dance, for individuals of all ages and abilities.

Our classes are specifically tailored to suit those from a wide selection of marginalised groups, who

may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the benefits of dance.

Our manager/teacher is trained in Autism Movement Therapy and has vast experience in working with individuals with additional needs.

All assistants/volunteers take part in a training day in which they learn all about autism and our work and policies.

Contact
Joanna Haste
Telephone
07546297808
Email
abilityschoolofdance@outlook.com
Links
About Us - What we do
Autism Movement Therapy
About Us - Who we are
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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