So much of traditional autism therapy is devoted to removing variances and aligning with the typical. What if this is a false benchmark against which we judge those on the autism spectrum?
Reframing autism is about celebrating diversity. It is tapping into the innate intelligence, brilliance and creativity of enhanced perception – a field that people on the spectrum often inhabit – and then helping people to make the most of their gifts.
The artfulness of this technique is in creatively working with the person to balance the need for safety vs the need for growth; helping each person to both discover and witness their potential. When we show that we are re-educating the body, those on the spectrum are quickly able to connect with this truth and become motivated to grow.
People learn to reconnect through a process of self-discovery. They begin to feel empowered and all manner of things become possible spontaneously. The A.R.T approach helps them to discover how to apply and sustain this.
The 2-day course will equip attendees with a basic grounding in The Autism Reframe Technique.
It will explore the new therapeutic outcomes that may be realised when physical therapy is combined with cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology.
The course comprises foundation theory, evidence & research and examples of practical exercises structured around Case Histories in Australia, Europe and The USA.
An optional third day will focus upon the practical implementation of A.R.T.
Day 1 + 2
Will explore the new therapeutic outcomes that may be realised when physical therapy is combined with cutting-edge neuroscience, psychology and neurodivergent thinking.
Day 3 ( Optional ) : A.R.T. – Beyond the fundamentals
***Prerequisite: Successful completion of Days 1 & 2***
Is designed for people who want to apply A.R.T. therapeutically. It is a chance to learn the exercises outlined in Days 1 & 2 in greater detail and depth.
It facilitates an intimate understanding of A.R.T. and provides a hands-on opportunity to see how A.R.T. is applied in a wide variety of circumstance, by learning directly from Holly. It is an opportunity to frame questions and tailor your learning.
Name of course: A.R.T. – beyond the fundamentals: How to achieve and sustain Body Cognition
Duration: 8 Hours
Course Delivery: Training Workshop
This workshop is designed for people who want to apply A.R.T. therapeutically. It is a chance to learn the exercises outlined in Days 1 & 2 in greater detail and depth.
Day 3 facilitates an intimate understanding of A.R.T. and provides a hands-on opportunity to see how A.R.T. is applied in a wide variety of circumstance, by learning directly from Holly.
- Learn how the nervous system impacts autism, how to reduce sensory overload and how to gain greater mental clarity, through working with the vagus nerve.
- Learn how to improve vagal tone, with intelligence and safety.
There is nothing quite like this anywhere in the world. It is an opportunity to connect with this new paradigm of therapy and to learn tools for yourselves, your clients and your loved ones.
A lot of good can happen when we let down our preconceived ideas about what normal is and ‘should be’. When we do this we are truly present to the people we work with.
The focus is on how we support growth and change through appreciating and working with neurodiversity.
Useful for professionals, therapists, support workers, parents and people on the spectrum.
Ideal for Professionals looking to progress to become an A.R.T. therapist.
- Reframing the paradigm of autism
- The role of the history of autism and autism research in shaping current therapeutic practice
- The Polyvagal Theory: how the body impacts autism
- A working model of the Polyvagal Theory – how to make the PVT accessible to clients + families
- The physical aspects of anxiety and stress and how they impact our physical and mental health
- A practical understanding of the complex interrelationship between the gut, brain, vestibular and limbic system and how this determines our sense of self.
- Principles of brain plasticity and how to apply in a therapeutic setting
- Principles of co-design and how to apply in a therapeutic setting
- How expectation in general autism therapy leads to a ‘glass ceiling’ and failure for the client
- Conceptualising a new paradigm of therapy for ASD: what it can look like
- The principles of body cognition and interception and how they apply to ASD
- How to work with ASD and interoception somatically – the 80/20 rule
- Somatic tools to apply clinically
- Knowledge of the therapeutic possibilities with a wider appreciation of autism
- Autism Reframe Technique
- Reframing: Exploring autism from a different perspective; shifting from a myopic ‘deficit’ model – what people with autism can’t do – to one that explores and believes in the creative and intellectual potential of each individual
- The Polyvagal Theory: The vagus nerve responds to our internal and external needs and takes us into a flight/fight state but can also take us into an involuntary shut-down immobilized state. Autism/Asperger is a physical response the body has that is a little out of our control that has nothing to do with intelligence.
- Neuroception: PVT is based on the principle of neuroception, that ‘The body has a complex network of information gathering that alerts us to safety and danger.’
- Brain Plasticity: The brain’s ability to respond and rewire – at any age. Tapping into the innate intelligence of the mind/body. Realizing self-capacity and self-belief.
- Neurodiversity – appreciating the enhanced perception and highly individual nature of people on the autism spectrum. Instead of seeing deficit, we see nuance and advanced ways of seeing andperceivingg. By adopting a more complex and intricate paradigm of autism we reframe it from something we need to ‘fix’ to something we can explore.
- Unlearning: Ending top-down models of therapy and seeing that the client is at the front and centre of the process.
- Codesign: Codesign is a fluid process and not a destination. It is opening our vision; collaboration vs coercion; possibility vs deficit
Holly is a therapist, keynote speaker and is the author of the internationally acclaimed book, ‘Reframe Your Thinking Around Autism’. Since writing the book Holly has developed her Autism Reframe Therapy program (A.R.T) which incorporates the principles of co-design and brain plasticity, and she works with families and practitioners, teaching techniques to restore connection between the brain and nervous system.
Holly has had a lifelong passion for working with the body/mind and she thrives on making complex psychology simple and available to people. This impulse to simplify and convey has taken her on a vast journey where she is now a leading light in autism therapy.
Through her critically acclaimed book, Holly has helped thousands of parents, autists, educators and therapists perceive a more positive and helpful way of perceiving autism, and she has affected hundreds of families from the severely challenged and non-verbal, to adults with Asperger’s, right through to the very young with her simple and effective A.R.T. techniques.