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Joanne Lara MA

Autism Movement Therapy
Autism/Special needs

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Van Nuys, CA 91406
United States

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7

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Autism and related disorders

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Joanne Lara, MA Joanne Lara, a professional dancer turned classroom education specialist turned university professor, has dedicated her life’s work to improving the lives of individuals with autism through movement and music. Her advocacy has led to founding the nonprofit organization Autism Movement Therapy®, the recipient of two Autism Speaks grants, home based in Los Angeles, California. Autism Movement Therapy certifies, trains, and licenses dancers, educators, parents, and professional service providers across the United States, Canada, India, South America, and Europe in the beneficial role that movement and music can play in the speech and language, behavioral, and cognitive domains of individuals on the autism spectrum. Joanne is a core adjunct professor at National University in LA, California, and helped design the Autism Certificate. She was the Technical Advisor/Autism Consultant for Kiefer Sutherland’s FOX TV show Touch. Lara earned her master’s in special education, Moderate/Severe and Multiple Disabilities, from California State University, Northridge, and a BA 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 LAUSD for over ten years, where she worked exclusively with students with autism. Ms. Lara teaches weekly Autism Movement Therapy classes in Van Nuys, CA, where she has a private ABA behavioral consultation practice, Autism Movement Therapy-AMT. Ms. Lara produced the soon to be released documentary Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the ARTS with Temple Grandin, Stephen Shore, Ed Asner, Elaine Hall, Anshu Batra MD, Wyatt Isaacs, Dani Bowman, Kevin Hosseini, Noah Schneider, Dylan Aragon, Abbey Lutes, Julian Arsi, Tyler Wedeen, and more. The aut-erobics DVD can be purchased on the Autism Movement Therapy website. You can also find information about AMT Certification Workshop information there. Website: www.autismmovementtherapy.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/autismmovementtherapy Twitter: @autismmovement

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