NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – On November 27th, 2018, Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices, a school and center for children with autism and related developmental disabilities held the workshop about managing emotions through movement. The speaker, Ms. Alexa Moses, MS, OTR/L at Shema Kolainu, shared her insights on how children with autism process and learn the emotions of self and others. She also discussed the benefits of movement and how it could help children with self-regulation.
The workshop with over 120 participants brought together an enthusiastic, vibrant and diverse collection of voices, including professionals, therapists, educators and scholars, caregivers and family members of individuals with autism.
Ms. Moses started her presentation by emphasizing the complex nature of emotions. To explore more, the audience was asked to take a quick interactive activity in which participants had to list emotions by looking only at other person's eyes. In her thematic spectrum, Ms. Moses included the linkage between autism and emotions, highlighting the existence of generalization in the ways how people understand the expression of emotions by children with autism. She further underlined that it is a myth that children with autism do not experience emotions, asserting,
"Autistic children may become emotional for different reasons or express their emotions differently, but they have just as many feelings as anyone else. They might need help in letting their emotions out in a more productive manner."
Ms. Moses also suggested the ways of integrating modern technology into treatment sessions, and specifically, proven movement-based techniques and programs to enhance communication among children with autism. She showcased how techniques such as 7-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) for self-regulation, yoga, mirror therapy, dance movement therapy, or the popular mobile application snapchat could be used as alternatives for activities.
The workshop was concluded with the participatory interactive session. Participants were divided into group and worked actively toward learning and sharing their solutions on how a particular situation involving the individual with autism should be resolved. Members of the audience were engaged in discussion and collaborative dialogue. This interactive session also enabled to explore various ideas and methodologies, which often were delivered in the form of reflection from personal or professional experiences.
Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices offers a broad spectrum of evidence-based education and therapeutic programs to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, (ASD) and related disabilities in a warm and nurturing environment. A nonpublic, nonprofit, nondenominational, multi-cultural school, we provide quality treatment, education, professional training and mentoring.
Joshua Weinstein - Ph.D., M.B.A., CEO & Founder
Suri Gruen - Program Director
Gili Rechany - MA, SBL, BCBA, LBA, Educational Director
We extend our thanks to the New York City Council Autism Initiative for providing the necessary funds for this program.
Shema Kolainu’s next workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 with Dr. Stephen Shore, a member of the Icare4Autism Advisory Committee and an assistant professor at Adelphi University. We will provide more details in the coming weeks.
To learn more:
Malwina Buldys, email@example.com
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