LEVEL 1: Circus as an Educational Tool in Recreational Settings



Holistic Circus Therapy offers Level 1 trainings in a 2 day intensive workshop to provide educators and therapists with skills to enable them to incorporate circus as a learning and capacity building tool in recreational settings. Training incorporates adaptive instruction and adaptive equipment to meet the needs of people with diverse learning abilities. Workshops are suitable for all therapists, aides, students and educators who work to empower people with varying cognitive, physical, social, and emotional needs. No prior circus experience necessary.


Prerequisites: General interest in learning and applying knowledge and skills from the training.


Qualifications: Upon completion of the 2 day training, participants will become certified Holistic Circus Therapy Practitioners that can teach circus to individuals with learning differences and special needs in a recreational setting.


Practitioners will be competent in:

1. Teaching circus to people with variations in functional capacity in 1:1 and small group settings.

2. Providing recreational service delivery that is accessible and safe.

3. Evaluating program success in terms of engagement and participation.



Two consecutive days training 9am-4pm


DAY 1: Circus as a tool to increase the acquisition of life skills, individual, and community health

The first day will provide you with essential knowledge about life skills education and functional

capacities including: social, emotional, physical, and cognitive components. The experiential learning includes occupational therapy theory, practical applications for multiple populations, individual and group focused activities. You will be able to define, explain, and discuss sensory processing differences, motor control, autism spectrum, and how to facilitate a circus experience to increase overall health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

DAY 2. Circus for All: Adaptive Instruction and Adaptive Equipment

The second day of the training will enable participants to utilize the knowledge gained in Day 1, with additional tools of adaptive instruction and adaptive equipment for people with variations in functional capacity and learning aptitude. We will experience instruction and application of circus as an educational and therapeutic tool, planning and executing our own unique circus based sessions with case studies.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understanding and utilizing The Accessible Circus Paradigm

2. Occupational Therapy Theory and Practices: Grading Tasks, Client Centeredness, Assessment, Intervention and Goal Attainment.

3. Examining and Applying Instruction for the purpose of increasing Social, Emotional, Physical, and Cognitive   Capacities.

4. Introduction to Learning Styles

5. Sensory Processing, Visual PerceptualVisual Motor, Gross and Fine Motor Control.

6. Working with individuals on the Autism spectrum.

7. Safety of Staff and Participants.

8. Individual and Group focused instruction

 9. Planning and Evaluating a Workshop


To register a workshop for your organization or find out more information please contact Jill at info@holisticcircustherapy.com

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