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This is a FREE online training event. 

Date: July 17, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Presented by: KayDee Caywood, Ph.D. 

The Underserved Populations (UP) Training Project is hosting a webinar titled Autism and Autism Movement Therapy presented by KayDee Caywood, Ph.D. on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 from 10am-11am PDT.

“Autism Movement Therapy” is a method that works with individuals across the spectrum to help them understand directions to music with movement.  The structure and repetition help to wake up the brain and provide meaning.  This method has also been developed into a subsequent group entitled “Autism Works Now!” where individuals who have been successful are now working on pre-employment skills and working with the support needed to be successful in getting and keeping jobs.  Each of these practices will be discussed and reviewed.

Participants will learn:

  •  A brief background of characteristics of individuals on the autism spectrum and how this relates to brain functioning.
  •  A brief overview of methods used in teaching / working with Autism Movement Therapy and Waking up the Brain!
  • How Autism Movement Therapy relates to and can be used with victims of crime who have autism
  • Socio-emotional / behavioral reactions of these individuals and best practices when working with individuals.
  • Sharing of questions and answers with the group.

KayDee Caywood, Ph.D., has worked in Special Education for over 40 years – first in the classroom as a teacher, an administrator, a researcher, and then as a professor at National University.   Her primary interest is working with difficult students that need structure to help them be successful.  Her primary area of research included working across differing cultural backgrounds and then issues surrounding Autism.

Upon retiring from the university setting, her interests have been dedicated to working with children and organizations that can benefit from her expertise.  Currently she is on the board for Autism Movement Therapy, the Partnership for Safe Families in Ventura County, and Step Up Ventura.  Her work in Education and Communications helps to bring her expertise to each of these organizations.

If you have any questions or comments please contact Emma Nichols at (707) 992-0537 or email


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