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Art, Dance, and Music

Reach and Teach Through the Arts

A unique creative arts program featuring art, dance, and music tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of individuals on the autism spectrum. Exploration of art, dance, and music 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.

  • All class are at The Els Center of Excellence®, 18370 Limestone Creek Road, Jupiter, FL 33458
  • 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.
  • We now accept the Health Plan Network of Wellcare, FL for HCBS for Music Therapy Services. For information on insurance, Contact: Shelly Hedge,  Email: shelly.hedge@elsforautism.org, Phone: 561-320-9526

Class Descriptions

The following classes are taught by certified instructors. The Foundation has created partnerships in the community with Whole Vibes and The Palm Beach Opera, in order to serve the wider autism community.

Current Recreation Schedule

Dance and Movement Therapy

This class introduces individuals to the fundamentals of dance in a positive and creative environment.  Through rhythmic exercises, basic ballet techniques and creative movement, individuals develop creative expression as well as an awareness and understanding of the mechanics of their body movement.  Dancers will participate in movement games that encourage spontaneous and creative expression, build movement vocabulary & repertoire and allow safe exploration while promoting social skills, peer interactions & relationship development.

 

Inter-Ability Chorus

The Inter-Ability Chorus is a community choir for individuals with special needs ages 16+ led by Erica Lyles, our music therapist. Participants will learn singing skills and techniques, gain confidence and self-esteem, enhance communication, develop self-expression while engaging with their peers. Learn More

Music

Exploration of music and dance 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. Learn More

For more information and to register:
Contact: Greg Connors, Recreation Services Coordinator
Email: greg.connors@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9512

Financial Need Assistance 

The Foundation offers programs and services to the entire community, and services are NOT limited to individuals enrolled at The Learning Academy or The Learning Center. Additionally, some individuals may qualify for financial assistance. Complete the Financial Need Assistance Application here.