A Dance Class For Me! by is a dance class taught by Elizabeth Rose Chacon, Certified Autism Movement Therapy® Provider for students who are autistic or have special needs that prevent them from participating in "typical" dance classes. Perhaps a student's behavior interferes with the class or the student cannot wear leotard type dance clothes or tolerate the music. In this class the student's behavior is not an issue, they can wear whatever they can move in, and they will learn tolerate the music and other stimuli.
As the weeks go on, every attempt to dance or mimic movement and sound is celebrated. In the process their brains are stimulated and challenged by the movement. Due to neuroplasticity* (or neural plasticity) new neural pathways created in the brain, these pathways encourage communication between the left and right hemisphere of the brain. This cognitive "re-mapping" connects the hemispheres and this connection can help improve speech and communication.
If you are in Orange County and have tried other activities without success because other instructors, even in special needs activities, may be too impatient to work with your child, please don't give up. Try A Dance Class For Me! or look at the descriptions for other classes offered, click here
Elizabeth Rose Chacon, Dance Instructor for Special Needs, Autism Movement Therapy® Provider and Improv Teacher is an approved Vendor, look for Elizabeth Rose Chacon - Autism Movement Therapy® Provider & Improv Teacher in the Inspire Charter Schools Enrichment Center, to visit Inspire's Vendor list, click here.
A Dance Class For Me! is still offered on Thursdays at the Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center (OCCTAC) in Santa Ana. See more on Classes This Month
A Dance Class For Me! is in the Autism Speaks Resource Page under Interventions and Social Skills in California, please go to www.autismspeaks.org
To find an Autism Movement Therapy provider in your area, please go to the Autism Movement Therapy® Provider Page.
*Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment. (http://www.medicinenet.com/medterms-medical-dictionary/article.htm)
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