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Adapted Spiral Praxis Certification 

Work with Children with Special Needs and Physical Disabilities

Inaugural Training Begins October 19th, 2020 (Updated)

Become certified to teach the Spiral Movement Center’s world class gross motor curricula to children with special needs and disabilities! The key to ASP programs lies in their simplicity and deep commitment to a child's inner experience during therapy. There are no difficult conceptual frameworks or complex knowledge needed—you will simply learn down-to-earth, experiential activities which can help your child grow and thrive. Practitioners of ASP are also empowered to use their creativity and intuition by avoiding unnecessary technical jargon and details in their practice. Both certification programs are designed to give practical, effective techniques that can be used both at home and in clinical situations. 

The ASP certification program is geared primarily geared towards parents and caregivers of children with special needs and disabilities who can choose modules independently.  However the program has been updated so that professional students can gain a certificate to teach ASP upon completion of the 4 first year modules.  Advanced level two certification — involving a 2nd year of mentoring/study — allows practitioners to train, certify and teach the ASP program to other families and professionals.

In additon to the modules, all participants of the program will be invited to monthly meetups as well as have access to our online Whatsapp group.  Active and subscription member will have access to our growing online web portal which will include digital tools to help participants plan and document lesson plans, upload milestone videos, and explore an extensive library of video tutorials and teaching materials.

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Choose from two certification streams:

  • Special Needs Training: Learn to teach effective, fun, and creative gross motor skills classes to a wide range of children with special needs.

  • Disability Training: Learn to perform cutting edge rehabilitation techniques for children suffering from physical disabilities or injury.

Year 1:

Basic Teacher Training

  • Four five-day workshop modules (3 hours/day) spread throughout the year

  • Get certified to teach ASP professionally

  • Learn the fundamentals of Adapted Spiral Praxis

  • Access to Online Web Portal and Teaching Resources

Year 2:

Advanced Teacher Training

  • mentoring/online study format

  • Option for in-person training and contact hours at the Spiral Movement Center

  • Become certified to train Adapted Spiral Praxis Teachers

  • Access to ASP Curriculum Database

Each year-long program consists of:

  • 72 hours of online instruction

  • Monthly meetings to support participants in their learning process

  • Access to an online portal filled with digital resources (teaching aids, lesson plans, video advice and tips)

  • Lesson mentoring, feedback, and guidance on your teaching progress

  • Video and written assignments throughout the year, including graded final examination

Special Needs Training/Certification

Learn how to run somatic gross motor programs and adapted yoga programs for children in your own professional environments. Or, parents and caretakers– use these programs at home!

This program is suitable for:

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Physical Therapists

  • Parents and caretakers of children with special needs

  • Yoga, Fitness, and Dance Professionals

  • Special Needs Teachers

Work with children with:

  • Global Delays & Intellectual Disabilities

  • Autism

  • ADD & ADHD

  • Down's Syndrome

  • Behavioural Disorders

 

Dates for the 2nd year modules TBA.

Disability Training/Certification

This more intensive training for Adapted Spiral Praxis may be of interest for those who wish to learn about deeper somatic interventions for children with physical disabilities. These interventions include contracture release, bodywork, flow patterning, motor learning and physical care and maintenance.

Work with children with:

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Genetic Disorders

  • Partial Paralysis

  • Post-surgical recovery

This program is suitable for:

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Physical Therapists

  • Parents and caretakers of children with physical disabilities

As with the series above, the dates for the first year modules below can be taken individually for more casual learners or all together for certification candidates. Dates for the 2nd year modules TBA.

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