Workshops

ASP Family Intensive— Parents and Children Both Can Learn

  • Adapted Spiral Praxis Summer Intensive Dates: August 4-August 24   
  • Location: Danzhaus, San Francisco 
  • Cost: Please contact for more information.

The themes for this year's summer intensive is teaching, training and collaboration! We will be working with select families to help children explore their special needs and disabilities in a loving and supportive environment. The main body of the intensive will include individual daily therapy sessions for the children where they will learn the basics of movement and expand their bodymind awareness. Parents are encouraged to participate in the sessions and learn more about their children learning style and needs.

The daily intensive includes:

  • daily one hour private session (5x week)
  • video documentation of exercises & progress
  • parent consultations and post-intensive support
  • 50% discount on professional training workshops
  • week-end play date


This will be our second ASP Summer Intensive ever! Watch the documentary of our first summer intensive, DEEP BLUE SEA, to see what wonderful things can happen when teachers, parents and children come together to make magic with the learning process! To register for the ASP summer intensive please send us a letter of interest at info@spiralpraxis.org. Only 4-5 families will be selected for this intensive so please reserve your place soon!

Workshops for Parents and Professionals

We will be offering full weekend training programs for parents and professionals who want to learn more about Adapted Spiral Praxis throughout the intensive. The subjects that will be covered include somatic rehabilitation techniques, adapted yoga, and teaching movement to children with special needs/disabilities. Stay tuned for further updates by looking at our website at www.movementforkidswithspecialneeds.org!

ASP Family Intensive

For kids, parents and caregivers

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Professional and Caregiver Training (On-Going)

The Spiral Movement Center provides professional-level training for its most popular programs on an on-going basis through the year. These training programs are typically held on weekend evenings and are perfect for professionals, teachers, and social workers 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.

Available Training/Certification Programs


  • How To Teach Adapted Yoga (TBA)

    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. Two-day, 8-hour workshop. Cost: $250 (tax included).



  • Basic Somatic Re-education Techniques for Children with Disabilities (TBA)

    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. Two-day 8-hour workshop. Cost: $250 (tax included).



  • MOVEMENT! Teacher workshop (TBA)

    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. Two day 8-hour workshop. Cost $250 (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).


Professional Workshops

For teachers, parents and caregivers

Pre-register
  • Registration Information

    If you have any questions about the Adapted Spiral Praxis summer intensive or our on-going professional certification programs, please contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.