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The Telegram
  • Herkimer ARC to host movement therapy classes

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  • HERKIMER — The Herkimer ARC will host Autism Movement Therapy classes on Saturdays for children, teens and adults, ages 4 to 23 and older, Sept. 7 through Oct. 12, at the agency’s exercise and dance studio at the Gail W. Brown Center at 411 Folts Street in Herkimer.
    AMT classes are fun and involve music and dance, according to a news release. Classes are not only offered to individuals with autism, but also for people with developmental and learning disabilities. Hour-long classes, with times scheduled for different age groups, will be led by Kaylan Comes, who is a certified Autism Movement Therapy coach. Beginning times for classes include ages 4 to 8 at 10 a.m., ages 9 to 12 at 11:30 a.m., ages 13 to 15 at 1 p.m., ages 16 to 22 at 2:30 p.m. and ages 23 and older at 4 p.m. The cost per six-class session is $60 with a maximum of 10 people per class. Participants from Herkimer and neighboring counties are welcome to attend.
    AMT classes are an empowering sensory integration strategy that connects the left and right brain hemispheres by combing patterning, visual movement calculation, audile receptive processing, rhythm and sequencing into a “whole brain” cognitive thinking approach to significantly improve behavioral, emotional, academic, social and speech language skills, the release said.
    For more information or to enroll in classes, contact Lisa Gifford at 574-7826 or lgifford@herkimerarc.org.
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