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Autism Movement Therapy - Ability School of Dance

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Due to our usual indoor venue being unavailable for hire at present, we are currently running classes online and outdoors!

General Details

ABILITY SCHOOL OF DANCE is an up and coming local dance class provider.

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.

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.

AUTISM MOVEMENT THERAPY classes, starting Autumn 2018.

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
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Address
Kesgrave High School
Main Road
Kesgrave
Ipswich
SUFFOLK
Postcode
IP5 2PB

Where to go

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

PARKING: Enter via the main car park and turn immediately left, past the cafe and following the one-way system, towards the sports field & football pitches.

DIRECTIONS: Head towards the tennis courts, until you reach the main PE Department double doors (up the stairs/ramp).

Once facing the 'Sports Hall', turn to your right and continue all the way to the end of the corridor. You will find the Dance Studio on your left.

Days & Times

Open every day for contacting
Time of day
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Session Information
Classes on Saturday mornings & Thursdays After-School
COVID - Online classes on Saturdays, Outdoor classes on Sundays

Other details

Referral required?
No
Age Groups
16-25 years, Children (5-11), Young people
Accessibility
Wheelchair Access, Adapted Toilet, Sign Language
Last Updated
23/09/2020

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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
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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