RWID Instructor Certification


Rhythm Works Integrative Dance is a rhythm and dance program that incorporates evidence-based practices from sensory integration, applications to physical skills, and behavioral strategies. While the focus in on teaching students with learning differences and special needs, the program is also applicable to people of all ages and capabilities!

Our Certified RWID Instructors and Practitioners use the program as part of individual therapy sessions, as well as in group settings such as dance studios, school classrooms, recreational centers, assisted living facilities, and more, to increase participation opportunities for everyone!

Developmental, functional, and motoric goals may be supported through purposeful, client-centered rhythm and dance activities. The program also promotes development in self-regulation, attention and communication skills.

The key to this ground-breaking program is the library of 150 hip hop dance steps that are classified into 31 sensory, kinesiology, cognitive, and motor skill set categories to assist in achieving common developmental goals. Session content is strategically chosen based on the desired skill development of participants, making Rhythm Works Integrative Dance a highly customizable and effective choice.

Hero-DanceTeachersThe RWID Certification Workshop identifies a variety of teaching styles to effectively accommodate individual learning differences. This is more than a basic dance class.  Our Certified Instructors and Practitioners are trained to see the “whole student” with open eyes and a world of possibilities!

Attendees will learn how RWID can be customized for each client to improve outcomes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, and other learning differences and special needs.

Throughout the certification course, attendees are engaged in research-based lectures, hands-on activities, and informative question and answer sessions. Upon the completion of the course, passing score on the written exam, and practical application approval, attendees will be certified Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Instructors and will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the clinical, technical, and social applications of RWID.

Education Level: Introductory

Prerequisite: No prior knowledge of sensory integration, behavioral strategies, or movement safety is required, but it is suggested that attendees have either 1 year of experience working with the aforementioned diagnosis, OR 2 years experience with teaching dance. Special exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.

AOTA Approved Provider“The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.”

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This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 17 (Online) and 18.50 (Hybrid) CCUs for PTs and PTAs.

Learning Objectives

Identify common presentations of sensory integration challenges and possible best practices to get the client into an optimal learning state.

Identify physical and cognitive challenges and demonstrate modifications of content based on the abilities of each client.

Determine effective program that meets the elements of each client’s individual therapy goals.

Recognize the “learner-type” of each client and demonstrate the most complementary “teaching styles.”

Identify antecedents, behaviors, & consequences, and effectively encourage desired adaptive responses.

Identify & demonstrate developmentally appropriate choreography structure.

Choose activities/games that incorporate skills from the 5 developmental domains (motor, cognitive, self-help, social-emotional, communication) based on client skill level.

Identify and replicate rhythm patterns, musical sentences, and music theory/structure.

IN-PERSON Instructor Certification Courses


Premium Workshop

  • 3-day workshop
  • Hands-on learning
  • Includes 377-page Instructor Manual
  • Lifetime Rhythm Works Society Membership

ONLINE Instructor Certification Course


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  • 16+ hours of online video education
  • Self-paced learning
  • Includes 377-page Instructor Manual
  • Lifetime Rhythm Works Society Membership

HYBRID Instructor Certification Course


Online and In-Person Learning Experience

  • 8 hours of online video education
  • 1 full day of in-person learning
  • Includes 377-page Instructor Manual
  • Lifetime Rhythm Works Society Membership

The Fine Print:

Passing score of 70% on exam and approved Practical Application performance are required for certification.