The Art of Dance Therapy

Audrey Lynn Amadeo was born and raised in Miami, Florida and has always had a passion for giving back to her community. At the age of 13, Audrey learned American Sign Language and would teach her deaf peers the art of dance. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University, she began working as an Autism Therapist for Behavior Analysis Inc. While she was working, studying, and volunteering, she was also managing and teaching at Aventura Dance Studio. Audrey decided to combine the her two separate careers as an ABA therapist and dance instructor and get certified as an Autism Movement Therapist. Her passion and determination has led her to create The Arts for Autism Foundation, and she utilizes her certification in Autism Movement Therapy to implement a structured Spectrum Dance Therapy class for all children with Autism.

THE SPIRITU 4

I NEVER LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT MY:
My phone! In case of emergencies. Always be prepared.
I MOST OVERUSE THE WORD OR PHRASE:
I’m from Miami, so I’ll have to go with “Bro.”
THE PERSON I MOST ADMIRE IS:
My mother for her hard work and resilience.
MY SPIRITU IS:
My empathy, which leads to a giving spirit.

HEAD, HEART, STOMACH, & FEET

I CAN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT:
How I  can help more children with autism.
CURRENTLY IN LOVE WITH:
Dark chocolate.
SPICY OR SWEET:
Spicy!
I'D WALK 5,000 MILES TO GET TO:
My grandmother’s house.
How was Spectrum Dance Therapy born?
I was teaching and managing a dance studio while in college. After graduating with my master's in Developmental Disabilities, I wanted to combine my two passions of dance and autism together, so Spectrum Dance Therapy was born!

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing how my students progress every week in the expression and behaviors related to autism.

How is Spectrum Dance Therapy changing the lives of children with Autism in your Community?
We give children with autism the gift of dance and music, assist with sensory integration and behavior challenges, and provide a setting where they can interact socially and be kids. Through dance and music therapy, we seek to ignite the light within our children with autism. Seeing how my students progress every week in the expression and behaviors related to autism.

Learn more about Audrey’s work at www.Spectrumdancetherapy.com.

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