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20 March 2007 @ 11:24 am
Adaptive Ballet in the San Francisco Bay Area (cross-posted like a madperson)  
Hey, ya'll. I'm currently working with a student with autism and, after watching her on the safety bar of our classroom trampoline, have gotten the idea in my head that she could really benefit from an adaptive ballet class. See, we joke about her having rubberbands for bones for two reasons: one is her extreme flexibility and the other is her inability or unwillingness to stand straight (she loves to lean or twist herself or do almost anything but). Assuming it's an inability, the teacher in the classroom supposes she just might not have that centerline concept down. Assuming it's an unwillingness, she might not realize the benefits or the fun of standing up straight.

Of course, it's up to her whether or not she wants to change all that (oh, she's 7 by the way), but either way, I thought that adaptive ballet would be a good thing to try, see if she's interested.

Unfortunately, everything google is showing me is on the East Coast (Maine, Pennsylvania, New York, Boston) and we live out here on the Left Coast. San Jose, California, to be exact. Does anyone know of any resources out here that I might be able to take advantage of?
 
 
 
Amyamy_chan on March 21st, 2007 07:10 am (UTC)
What Im going to say here is likely going to be of no use to you at all, but I'd just kinda like to throw my two cents out here, I guess. I myself am waiting on the official diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome, and I know my own habits and challenges. And I had a lot of behavioral therapy growing up. Every day for my entire elementary school education, pretty much. I would think that Yoga, Ballet, or gymnastics would be a good thing for her. Anything that let her express herself in a way that she felt comfortable. Im not sure what to say about the twisting herself thing. If it's not harming her at all, then well, it's no hurting anyone and it's making her happy, right? Yes it's different, but unless it's deemed a destructive behavior that will lead to health problems down the road, it may be a good idea to just let her do that. At least, I think, she'll be happier that way, if it's a case of unwillingness.I wish I could help you with resources, but I don't have any information on that, sorry.