Workshops

Join Us for the First Adapted Spiral Praxis Workshop in Summer 2018!

Parents and Children Can Both Learn

Due to requests from families around the world, the Spiral Movement Center will be holding its first Adapted Spiral Praxis (ASP) summer intensive in 2018. The ASP summer intensive is designed primarily for children with severe special needs/disabilities and their families. Our program is designed to help children learn motor re-education through a somatic process. Daily classes, parent workshops, field trips and follow-up online help are just some of the offerings of this in-depth intensive. Our goal is to give children and parents as much knowledge as possible during the intensive, so that they can continue the somatic process of Adapted Spiral Praxis at home.

The summer intensive will be held between July 30th and August 26th (orientation is Sunday July 29th). The cost of the intensive is $1000/week (tax included)*, which includes daily private sessions, as well as classes for children who are capable of group interaction. Parent workshops and field trips (zoo, rock climbing, playgrounds, parks, etc.) are available on the week-ends. Families have the option to sign up for either the first two weeks or for the entire 4 weeks. Housing is the responsibility for each family.  The intensive is available for both families abroad and local families within the SMC community.

Professional and Caregiver Training

In addition to private sessions for children, and parent training, the Spiral Movement Center will also be providing professional-level training for its most popular programs during the ASP summer intensive. These training programs will be held on week-day evenings and are perfect for professionals, teachers, and caregivers who wish to learn how to run somatic gross motor programs and adapted yoga programs in their own professional environments. Parents are welcome to join in the fun too!

The four training programs below have been successfully implemented in Canada at Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation, Toronto District School Board, AutismOntario, as well as at the Positive Education Program and the Center for START Services in the United States. They will give you skills to work with individuals and groups of children across a wide spectrum of special needs and disabilities.

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      Training Programs Offered This Summer


      • How To Teach Adapted Yoga to Kids With Special Needs (August 6-10, 7:30pm-9:30pm)

        Adapted Yoga can help children with special needs learn how to be calm, relaxed, and gain more awareness of their own body. Our Adapted Yoga certification program is packed with experiential learning, sample lesson plans and access to an online forum for follow-up teaching tips. Participants will learn how to work safely with children with special needs, how to organize class structure, how to adapt yoga poses for the children, and how to keep their classes creative and evolving. Highly recommended for parents, teachers, caregivers and yoga professionals to start their own Adapted Yoga program. Some yoga experience required. Five day workshop. Cost $425/$300 for professionals and parents respectively (tax included).



      • MOVEMENT! Teacher workshop (August 13-17, 7:30pm-9:30pm)

        The MOVEMENT!® certification program will teach you about running a creative gross motor program based on MOVEMENT!® principles. MOVEMEN!T® is a motor re-education program that has been successful in helping hundreds of children with special needs become more competent and confident with their bodies. Training objectives include motor teaching strategies, lesson planning, physical assessment, relaxation activities and much more! Some teaching aids provided. The training itself is highly experiential—we encourage all teachers to participate in and experience movement activities so they can learn what their children will learn. Five day workshop. Cost $425/$300 for professionals and parents respectively (tax included).



      • Basic Somatic Re-education Techniques for Children with Disabilities (August 20-24 7:30pm-9:30pm)

        Somatic bodywork techniques are extremely powerful tools that can be used to help children in many important ways, including releasing contractures, re-patterning body co-ordinations, and inducing a state of calm in children. This certification program is geared towards parents, caregivers, personal support workers and other front line people who may wish to incorporate bodywork into their daily practice with children. The workshop will explore basic bodywork techniques and principles, which can help your child release, stretch, and tone muscles. Five day workshop. Cost $425/$300 for professionals and parents respectively (tax included).



      • BodySongs & Stories™ Workshop for Parents & Caregivers

        The BodySongs & Stories™ Workshop is one of several weekend workshops that will be presented to parents and caregivers over the course of the intensive. The BodySongs & Stories™ Workshop is designed for parents, teachers, or somatic professionals to learn how touch techniques can help calm and relax children. BodySongs & Stories™ are touch textures accompanied by singing and narratives — they are ideal to use during transitions between activities, for helping de-escalate a crisis, or simply to use before nap or bed times. DVD and handouts provided. Training objectives will be learning how to do touch textures, sing the songs, and identify calming strategies—very popular workshop with parents! Free for summer intensive parents ($120 drop-in tax included).


      • Reserve a Spot

        If you’d like to reserve a spot for the summer intensive, or simply would like to make an inquiry, please send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.