Ability School of Dance - Autism Movement Therapy, Inclusive/Accessible Ballet, Wellbeing Dance Classes & more
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
- Joanna Haste
- Dance Teacher & Autism Movement Therapist
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Kesgrave High School
- IP5 2PB
Where to go
- Dance Studio & Drama Studio
Kesgrave High School
- IP5 2PB
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- Area served
- Ipswich, East Suffolk, Woodbridge, Felixstowe, Kesgrave
- Parking available
- Parking details
- Parking available in the school car park
DISABLED PARKING, ACCESS & TOILET AVAILABLE
Days & Times
- Open every day for contacting
- Time of day
- Session Information
Classes on Saturday mornings & Mondays/Thursdays After-School
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £5 Per session
- Cost Details
- Usually paid half-termly
- Referral required?
- Age Groups
- 16-25 years, Children (5-11), Adults, Young people
- Disabled Parking, Wheelchair Access, Adapted Toilet, Sign Language
Everyone is welcome - we will adapt our classes to suit your needs!
- Service users involved in planning
- Immediate vacancies
- Wheelchair access
- Cultural provisions
- 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)
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Severe dietary needs
Social development impairment
Speech and language difficulties
- Accessible parking, Private changing area, Quiet area, Sensory play equipment
- 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.
- Joanna Haste
About Us - What we do
Autism Movement Therapy
About Us - Who we are
- Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Mental health conditions
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