Vision development is often delayed in children on the autism spectrum or with pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), cerebral palsy and attention deficit disorder (ADD). Movement Lesson sessions helps children build their visual sophistication for better learning and function in day-to-day living. 

Diane Rae Crowell Peña has over 32 years of experience in the nonprofit setting of the Foundation for Blind Children in early intervention field which included the Coordinator of Infant Services, Summer Program director and Classroom assistant o-managing small businesses and corporations.  She was responsible for evaluating eligibility for all services for 150 to 300 children per year; manage a staff of 15 to 20, responsible for 2 parent meetings weekly.  She was the liaison with Southwest Human Services other agencies serving Maricopa county and medical advocate. She holds a specialized BA degree, Early Childhood Education of the Handicapped and Their Family, from ASU and Nursing degree from Glendale Community College.  Ms. Peña has reached Master level vision classes which include: Intro to vision, Anatomy and physiology of the eye and related diseases, Orientation and mobility, Project prism evaluator – a five year study of the effect of visual impairment on young children.  This included intensive education and evaluating skills. Many workshops on early intervention, CVI, ONH and other vision conditions, family interaction, staff management, time management, and various special needs.

At Movement Lesson, the unique coordination of Michelle Turner, Movement Integration Specialist, and Diane Peña, Vision Specialist, provides your child with increased awareness and mobility.  Our gentle touch and focused approach to movement and visual awareness is proven effective and is applicable to all children with special needs.  Our goal is to work with each child’s unique situation in order to improve his or her quality of life. 

In the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury, near drowning or stroke, a child will benefit from a focused approach to movement and visual therapy.  The brain’s control and coordination of breathing, balance, diaphragm, abdominal muscular function, spine and vision can be an overwhelming and difficult experience for the child.