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Art, Music Therapy, Dance Therapy and Theater

Music Therapy at The Els Center of ExcellenceReach and Teach Through the Arts

A unique therapeutic and creative arts program featuring music therapy, art, dance, therapy and, theater tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of individuals on the autism spectrum. Exploration of music, art, dance, and theater can facilitate personal growth for people on the spectrum in many areas, including gross and fine motor skills, speech, and language through song, memory and mental agility, social skills, confidence, and self- expression. Individual and group sessions are available to the students on campus as well as the wider autism community – both young and old.  All classes are taught by certified therapists or instructors.

Fall Schedule for Music Therapy and Dance Therapy runs September 11 – October 19 and October 29 – December 13 (no class on September 19 with a make-up session the week of October 22). Registration closed.

Class: Music Therapy 
Day: Wednesdays
Time:
3:00-3:45 p.m. (Ages 18+)
4:00-4:45 p.m. (Ages 5-10)
5:00-5:45 p.m. (Ages 11-17)
Fee: 6 classes each session | $150 ($25/class)
Instructor: Erica Lyles, MT-BC

Class: Dance Therapy
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 3:15-4:00 p.m. (Ages 6-17)
Fee: 6 classes each session | $150 ($25/class)
Instructor: Yael Lawrence

Fall Schedule for Theater runs September 6 – December 20 (no class on November 22). Registration closed.

Class: Theater
Day: Thursdays
Time: 4:00- 6:00 p.m. (Ages 10+)
Fee: 15, 2-hour classes | $600 ($40/class)
Instructor: Season Qs Academy

To register for Music Therapy, Dance Therapy, and Theater:
Contact: Erica Lyles, MT-BC, Reach and Teach Through the Arts Coordinator
Email: erica.lyles@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-501-1086

  • Recreation Services orientation is on August 29 at 3 p.m. Attendance is mandatory for new participants.
  • All new participants must come in for a 30-minute intake.
  • Minimum of 4 participants needed to run the group.
  • These programs do not provide aides or personal supports and require participants to engage in a 3:1 ratio.  Those who accompany participants who need additional support will be required to actively participate in each practice session.
  • Financial scholarships available.