Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
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!
From the foreword by Stephen M. Shore, Clinical Assistant Professor at Adelphi University, and internationally-known author, speaker, and individual on the autism spectrum
In addition to being a "must read", Autism Movement Therapy (R) as described in this book is a "must experience" for anyone wishing to learn how to empower individuals on the autism spectrum to first be more comfortable within their bodies, and second, achieve greater success interacting with the surrounding environment.
Erica Frailey-Matthews, The Autism & Movement Project
The beauty of this book is that Joanne breaks down AMT ® for all those interested in not only delivering a music and movement program but one specifically designed for individuals on the autism spectrum, including pedagogy and Best Practices ideology.
Jane Ferris Richardson, EdD, ATR-BC, Associate Professor of Art Therapy, Lesley University, and Art Therapist in Private Practice, specialising in children and young people on the autism spectrum
The arts empower people with autism to connect. Joanne's "whole brain" approach, and the stories of the children and adolescents Joanne works with are inspiring and accessible, with the guidance of her book.
Lisa M. Gifford, Autism Supports and Innovations Director, AMT Workshop Instructor, Authorized Social Stories Coach, Herkimer ARC
Joanne's book captures it all: how AMT works, the impact of art and art expression, and the relationship of music and movement with the brain and its pathways. Joanne's unique way of intertwining her real life experience with children and their progress through AMT provides the reader with a true understanding of how AMT can impact every facet of a person's life by 'waking up the brain'.
Navah Paskowitz-Asner, Executive Director of Programs & Development for The Friendship Circle By The Sea
Joanne Lara has taken the art of dance and movement and turned it into a therapy that all children with autism can benefit from. Joanne's book is fun and inspiring; she instilled a love of dance in my son that is beautiful to watch.
James Sutton, Ballet master, Choreographer and Writer, Former Associate Arts Professor, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University
Autism Movement Therapy ® Method: Waking up the Brain! is a groundbreaking work and a joyously life-affirming book. Here, the dance studio is both a classroom as well as a warm, safe, and fun community, fostering the development of the participants' awareness from the inside out. Unlocking the unknown potential of those on the autism spectrum through dance and music, it offers new hope and real answers for those often pre-judged as incapable of change and a clarion call for the absolute necessity of arts education in child development.
Dani Bowman, autism advocate, and founder of Power Light Animation Studios
Since I first participated in Joanne Lara's Autism Movement Therapy, it has really helped me to connect the right side of my brain to the left. It helps people with autism to learn how to focus more through movement.
The authors include a number of diagrams and photographs and then provide an outline of a typical session, including information about music, linked to other skills being taught...this is an interesting introduction to this approach and it is written in a practical style.