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.
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 it’s participants, making Rhythm Works Integrative Dance a highly customizable and effective choice.
The 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.
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.
INCLUDED: The 377-page Instructor Manual, access to ongoing support andThe Rhythm Works Society, supporting program music, and a listing on our website as a Certified RWID Instructor with a direct link to your company.
COURSE MATERIAL WILL BE PRESENTED BY 1 OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:
Tricia Gomez, Dance Education Master Teacher, is considered a pioneer in early childhood Hip Hop education. Her unique teaching methods have landed her on the Dr. Phil Show as their dance expert, & as the Head Judge of the CBS TV series “Dance Revolution.” She continues to be featured in top dance industry magazines across the world. Tricia is currently a contracted Teaching Artist for the Disney Performing Arts Program at Disneyland. Her Hip Hop Made Easy Curriculum is currently offered in over 2000 schools & dance studios across the world.
Instructor Financial Disclosure(s): Tricia is the author of course materials that focus on the clinical and non-clinical application of RWID, for which she receives royalties for the continued publication and use of educational materials she has authored. Tricia is also an instructor for RWID, for which she receives a fee for teaching each course and reimbursement of travel expenses. Tricia receives compensation for the sale of RWID products which she has personally developed.
Instructor Nonfinancial Disclosure: Tricia uses RWID in independently offered group classes.
Deborah Rothman, PT, MSPT, C/NDT is a licensed pediatric physical therapist with over 15 years of experience in working with children of all ages who have individual learning challenges & physical abilities. She is also certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment for children with Cerebral Palsy & other neuro-motor impairments. Deborah graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in Communication & received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, CO. She began her physical therapy career working for Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance, CA; a clinic known around the world for providing high quality treatment to children based on sensory integration techniques, taught by pioneer, Jean Ayres. It was here that Deborah completed a 6-month training intensive & received over 5 years of ongoing mentorship in Sensory Integration and Praxis. Instructor Financial Disclosure(s): Deborah is the author of course materials that focus on the clinical application of RWID, for which she receives royalties for the continued publication and use of educational materials she has authored. Deborah is also an instructor for RWID, for which she receives a fee for teaching each course and reimbursement of travel expenses. Deborah does not sell or receive compensation for the sale of RWID products.
Instructor Nonfinancial Disclosure(s): Deborah uses RWID in clinical practice at Pediactric Therapy Network and independently offered group classes.
Akemi Davies, MA, OTR/L has a long history of working with children in many settings. In 2004, Akemi received her Bachelors in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Psychology from Dominican University of California, and a Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2005. She is also certified in administering the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT)& received advanced training in using DIR techniques. In addition to treatment, Akemi enjoys being a clinical instructor, participating in conferences, & volunteering. She has presented workshops about developing parent education programs at both national & state occupational therapy conferences. In 2012 she joined the Occupational Therapy Association’s Conference Committee where she became Conference Chair in 2013. Akemi was recently elected Treasurer of OTAC for the 2016 term.
Instructor Financial Disclosure(s): Akemi is the author of course materials that focus on the clinical application of RWID, for which she receives royalties for the continued publication and use of educational materials she has authored. Akemi is also an instructor for RWID, for which she receives a fee for teaching each course and reimbursement of travel expenses. Akemi does not sell or receive compensation for the sale of RWID products.
Instructor Nonfinancial Disclosure: Akemi has used RWID in clinical practice at Love 2 Learn Consulting.
Dr. Shaana Berman, Ed. D, Early Childhood Special Ed. is an accomplished early childhood development specialist and educational consultant in the Los Angeles area. She holds a Masters degree and teaching credential in Early Childhood Special Education from California State University, and an Educational Doctorate with an Educational Psychology concentration from the University of Southern California. Since 1998, Dr. Berman has worked in both private and public settings since to teach academic skills, reduce maladaptive behaviors, and increase functional and social skills among a variety of populations including but not limited to: students with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, cognitive delays, genetic syndromes, processing disorders, and physical disabilities. Dr. Berman has designed and delivered graduate-level curriculum, has trained public school staff, and has conducted parent education workshops. Her philosophy is that all children can learn, given the right type of supportive instruction.
Instructor Financial Disclosure(s): Dr. Berman is the author of course materials that focus on the clinical application of RWID, for which she receives royalties for the continued publication and use of educational materials she has authored. Dr. Berman is also an instructor for RWID, for which she receives a fee for teaching each course and reimbursement of travel expenses. Dr. Berman does not sell or receive compensation for the sale of RWID products.
Instructor Nonfinancial Disclosure: Dr. Berman uses RWID in clinical research for her BCBA.
•Occupational Therapists, certified assistants, & students
•Physical Therapists, assistants, and students
•ABA therapists, assistants, and students
•Special Education Teachers
•Speech and Language Pathologists, assistants, & students
•Physical Education teachers
•Developmental Play Specialist
•Special exceptions made on case-by-case basis
•Identify common presentations of sensory integration challenges and possible best practices to get the client/student into an optimal learning state.
•Identify physical and cognitive challenges and demonstrate potential modifications of content based on the abilities of each client/student.
•Customize an effective program that meets the elements of each client’s/student’s individual therapy goals.
•Recognize the “learner-type” of each client/student and demonstrate complementary “teaching styles.”
•Identify antecedents, behaviors, and consequences and effectively encourage desired adaptive responses.
•Identify, replicate, and teach rhythm patterns, musical sentences, and music theory/structure.
•Identify and demonstrate developmentally appropriate choreography structure.
•Facilitate activities/dance games that incorporate skills from the 5 developmental domains.
12:00-1:00pm Rhythm Works Structure / 31 Categories
1:00-2:30pm Sensory Integration
2:45-3:45pm Developmental Domains / Applications to Social Utilities
4:00-5:45pm Behavior Basics
9:00-10:30am Kinesiology / Keeping Bodies Safe Part 1
10:45am-12:00pm Keeping Bodies Safe Part 2
12:00-12:30pm Learning Types & Teaching Styles
1:30-2:15pm Music Theory / Music Mapping
2:15-2:45pm Rhythm Lessons
2:45-3:15pm “Easy/Moderate” Dance Steps Breakdown
3:30-5:00pm Applications to Physical Skills
5:00-6:00pm Dance Games
8:00-8:45am Warm Ups / Movement Lab
8:45-9:00am “Hard” Dance Steps Breakdown
9:15-11:00am Special Populations
11:00-11:45am Structuring Choreography & Progressions
11:45am-12:45pm Lunch/Written Exam
12:45-1:30pm Practical Application Prep
1:30-2:15pm Practical Application
2:30-3:00pm Final Thoughts
Rhythm Works Integrative Dance reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient registration or unforeseen circumstances. Rhythm Works Integrative Dance is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or expenses incurred by attendee if the workshop is cancelled due to any reason. In the event of a cancellation, 100% of workshop fees can either by refunded, or held as credit to be applied towards another Rhythm Works Integrative Dance workshop.
Should you need to cancel your registration, cancellation requests must be done via email to email@example.com and refunds will be determined by date stamp of email. Refunds are available minus the following Cancellation Fees: $30 if cancelled before 60 days prior to the 1st day of the workshop, $75 if cancelled between 31-60 days prior to the 1st day of the workshop, $200 if cancelled between 15-30 days prior to the 1st day of the workshop.
SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS
We make every effort to insure that all of our facilities are ADA compliant when possible. Food allergies are also taken into consideration. Please contact us no later than 2 weeks prior to the workshop start date at firstname.lastname@example.org with any special requests, and we’ll do our best to assist you!
COURSE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS
For in-person courses, a minimum of 70% must be scored on the written exam in order to pass and become a Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Certified Instructor.
18.5 hours will be awarded upon completion of the in-person course.
AOTA CLASSIFICATION CODES
Domain of OT: Performance Skills, Activity Demands
Occupational Therapy Process: Outcomes