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Therapy networks and movement therapy

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Jane Franklyn
Jane Franklyn

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Hi there,

I am brand new to your network, and excited to get to know people here. 

I am about to qualify in Autism Movement therapy and would like to know if there is any advice about networks of professionals working with alternative therapies? For example Drama therapy, art therapy and how I would go about getting in touch? 

Just for background info I am a dance teacher running an inclusive dance school and mum to Charlie, 6, who is autistic. 

Jane x

March 22, 2017 - 1:30pm

Hi Jane and welcome to the site! 

I'm not aware of any specific networks for those working in alternative therapies, certainly not specific to autism. We have a groups section on the site where you can join existing groups or set up your own interest groups. You may want to create a group around this and we could help to promote it to our members for you. 

We have one exisitng group on autism and creativity which you may find of interest. 

I'll also compiled some articles from the site around the subject of autism and creativity/art/design:

Autism, art and the classroom

Autism, diagnosis and creativity

A view from the autism spectrum: living with and teaching music

Interview with Simon Humphreys: autism and good practice in design

Ready-Steady-Make

Designing everyday activities: Living environments for adults with autism

Auchestra in review

Interview with Kelly Hunter: autism and Shakespeare​

How art therapy can help people with autism

What it looks like to draw from memory

Dance class for children on the autism spectrum teaches self expression

Imagining autism

The art of autism

Shakespeare and autism

I hope you find these and the site of interest and hopefully others maybe able to give you more guidance on other alternative therapies networks.

April 26, 2017 - 1:01pm

Hi Jane,

I have been registered with Network Autism for a while but only now started to revisit this resource and yours is the first post I read! 

My 21 years of experience and work is specifically using alternative interventions and therapies for my daughter and family members initially and now children, adults and their families as well as any organisations wanting to learn more about how these can make a positive difference.

I offer a holistic, natural approach and use many alternative therapies and believe that movement therapy is part of an essential ingredient for everyone, especially because it stimulates and creates new connections in the brain.

I have personally experienced Eurythmy as well as my daughter who was diagnosed with autism back in the 1990s at the age of two years old and has received many many alternative therapies, interventions and complimentary medicines. This came about because there was no-one to support us when we recieved her diagnosis and whilst doing a talk for medical students, I met a GP who practices integrative medicine there and 'luckily' he worked in a practice close to where we live!

My daughter has come from being non-verbal, hand-flapping, hypersensory and ticking all the boxes in the ICD-10 for classic autism to being a member of Team GB disability Trampoline Squad, a free-style disco and street dancer, completing her DOE Gold award and much more and is now at university studying a Textiles BA(Hons) degree...so I can safely say that a holistic and alternative approach works!

You can see all the therapies and interventions I offer and use with my clients on my webpage here http://copingwithautism.co.uk/services.php

You can also see more about my story and my daughter's here http://copingwithautism.co.uk/about.php

My contact details are on my website so feel free to get in touch if you wish.

Very best wishes and intentions,

Caroline