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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Saturday, November 8 • 10:00am - 5:15pm
Expressive Approaches to Working with Persons Affected by Autism & Learning Disabilities

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This daylong Master Class, led by a team of senior specialists in the field of autism treatment and services, will offer insight into how to create and sustain programming in dance, drama, music, and art for people with autism and special needs. The presenters have worked collaboratively over the course of a decade in Los Angeles and throughout California, and will lead multimodal, hands-on experientials. Included in this day will be techniques from Autism Movement Therapy (a structured movement & music method) and The Miracle Project (creating original plays based on clients' strengths & interests), as well as drumming and music therapy (to stimulate affect and insight), in addition to leading-edge art therapy practices, integrated with play-based approaches. Together, this skilled group of colleagues will provide the experience, expertise, and safety for multidisciplinary group exploration and collaboration—a vibrant, creative model for the treatment of people with ASD and related challenges. Professionals from all disciplines are welcome.


Keri Bowers

Founder, PAUSE4kids
Keri Bowers is a filmmaker that has worked with disabilities and the expressive arts for over 25 years. Her work has included facilitation and design of summer and winter camps, community-based social and life skill groups, and a variety of art-based social/life skills workshops. Keri’s own child has special needs, which combined with her work, provides her with a unique perspective. In 1999 she created the nonprofit PAUSE4kids to offer... Read More →

Elaine Hall

Founder, The Miracle Project
Elaine Hall, "Coach E," referenced by the New York Times as “the child whisperer,” was a top Hollywood children’s acting coach whose life changed dramatically after her son, adopted from a Russian orphanage, was diagnosed with autism. She then developed these methods into Seven Keys to train staff and volunteers and created, The Miracle Project, a theater and film social skills program profiled in the Emmy-winning HBO... Read More →

Karen Howard, RMT

Karen Howard, BA, is the founder of META (Music & Expressive Therapy Associates) and a multi-talented facilitator of expressive arts with kids, teens and young adults. She utilizes the expressive arts in a therapeutic process that includes drum circles and percussion groups, movement to music, relaxation techniques, guided imagery, gong sound healing, piano, voice lessons, composing, art, drama, and storytelling. Passionate about bringing... Read More →
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Joanne Lara, MA, CCTC

Joanne Lara, MA, CCTC, earned her master's in special education from California State University—Northridge and her BA in dance from the University of South Florida. She founded the nonprofit Autism Movement Therapy and teaches AMT classes in Van Nuys, CA, where she maintains a private academic/behavioral consultation practice. Joanne currently works as an adjunct professor at National University—Los Angeles and helped to establish... Read More →

Jane Ferris Richardson, EdD, ATR-BC, RPT-S, LMHC

Jane Ferris Richardson, EdD, ATR-BC, RPT-S, LMHC, is a core faculty member at Lesley University. Her private practice specializes in children with special needs. Jane's research into expressive languages for children with autism has led her to collaboration nationally and internationally. She has worked with Reggio Emilia ideas for many years and took part in an international study group on children with special rights in Reggio. Jane's... Read More →

Saturday November 8, 2014 10:00am - 5:15pm
Wollman Hall: The New School 66 W. 12th Street, NY, NY 10011