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Art, Dance, and Music

Reach and Teach Through the Arts

The exploration of art, dance, and music can facilitate personal growth and development for people on the autism spectrum in many areas, including gross and fine motor skills, speech and language skills (through song, memory and mental agility), social skills, confidence, and self-expression. 

Reach and Teach through the Arts is a unique creative arts program featuring art, dance, and music tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of individuals on the autism spectrum. 

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 classes are at The Els Center of Excellence®, 18370 Limestone Creek Road, Jupiter, FL 33458 
  • All new Recreation Services participants must come in for a 30-minute intake after completing the initial intake paperwork through Central Reach (link to Central Reach login portal) 
  • A minimum of 5 participants is needed to run a group 
  • These programs do not provide aides or personal supports and require participants to engage in a 4:1 ratio.  Those who accompany participants needing 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

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

 

Inter-Ability Chorus

lnterability Chorus is a community choir for individuals with special needs ages 16+ led by Erica Lyles. our music therapist. Participants learn singing skills and techniques, gain confidence and self-esteem, enhance communication skills, and develop self-expression while engaging with their peers. The chorus meets for 17 weeks and is halfway through at this time. Registration includes a separate performance on the last week highlighting each individual’s vocal talents.

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Music

Music Therapy is the use of music by a credentialed music therapist to support therapeutic needs. Our music therapy class offers a variety of music interventions that develop motor skills by playing instruments/dancing, as well as
social/communication skills through singing and interacting with the therapist and other participants. Furthermore, participants strengthen cognitive skills by learning music notes and rhythms and by making musical choices. Lastly, students strengthen emotional intelligence through listening 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.