Teaching musical instruments for children with autism
About the classWe teach children with autism how to play musical instruments. The class is designed to grant autistic children chances to access the musical world through musical instruments. Music can be a great way for autistic children to learn how to express themselves, highlight their attentive skills, and enhance their emotional intelligence.
We have teachers with more than ten years of teaching musical instruments for disabled children. They will make sure to take care and follow your kid from day one and be a great company with his/her on the musical journey.
We compromise to keep the class's volume small with around 3-4 students so each one can have their own space to practice their favorite instruments. At the same time, the teacher has the proper time and space to take care of each individually considerately.
Due to your kid's ability, the teacher will decide what instrument he/she would start to ensure they have the best experience while learning. There are reasons why music is called a universal language. No matter who we are or where we are, we can all jam a little bit when music comes to our ears.
That goes the same for children with ASD. Music is crucial to the necessities of mentally unbalanced youngsters since it catches and keeps up their attention more effectively than other treatment methods.
Playing instruments is the first step in helping autistic kids take one step out of the door and begin to participate in social activities. A study conducted in 2008 has shown that ASD children who participate in 'reciprocal imitation' have a major increase in their attention and verbalization. Children with ASD spectrum find it difficult to cooperate with others. By then, music will have the power to correspond with informative conduct, which can help a youngster overcome these challenges.
By bringing an instrument into the mentally unbalanced youngster's condition, the kid can associate with the instrument in a non-pressurized way.
This action also implies that opening up to other people, who are engaging with the instruments, turns out to be a piece of the natural procedure of correspondence that was started by speaking with the instrument. When it comes to music perception, it is the main responsibility of the two hemispheres inside the brain. They act as a significant factor for invigorating psychological capacities identified with discourse and language abilities.
Besides, youngsters with autism frequently show intrigue and reactions to music, which empowers melodic guidance to help a medically introverted kid emphatically react to different treatments. Children with ASD spectrum will have a difficult time expressing their feelings and understanding others’. And that's when learning how to play a musical instrument can help them solve the problem.
Recent research has shown that children with autism can improve their verbal expression by learning a new musical instrument. Moreover, music can be an invisible yet communicative outlet to let them express themselves freely. Learning a musical instrument also benefits autistic children in the aspect of identifying emotions. Like we have mentioned previously, children with ASD spectrum often find it difficult to know and understand one's expression.
However, when they are connected to the music together through instruments, the chance to identify and understand others' emotional states will be more significant. It has been proved that the CRASS (Checklist of Communicative Responses) scores of one ASD child who took part in music treatment are critically higher compared to one in dynamic treatment. Compared to a full-sized guitar, the ukulele is much more manageable with smaller size, lighter weights, and less strings. Ukulele only has four strings, which is ideal for an autistic child to work without feeling tiring.
If an autistic child plays the ukulele, his/her hand-eye coordination will be enhanced and improved. Getting along with this instrument is also a great way to accompany oneself to playing the guitar later.
A Ukulele brings out a nice, lovely, cheerful melody that can help your kid burst into laughter. It is one of the ideal musical instruments for children with ASD to start with. Handbells come in a variety, so you can choose the set of 8 bells that is presumably ideal for your kids most. These brilliant chimes are ideal for helping kids with autism build up their abilities in remembering and identifying color to create melodies by getting the chimes and ringing them. Hand chimes are clear to kids with ASD as the color will empower them to create an interpretation of music. Of all the three instruments we list, a keyboard is the most difficult one to handle. However, it can be an extraordinary instrument for a youngster with a chemical imbalance to learn and play around. It can be tiring to remember all the keys on the keyboard at first, but we believe that challenge will bring up and emphasize your kid's internal abilities even more.
For the first step on learning how to play this instrument, you can back up your kid a little bit by putting code or applying the stickers to the keys. This guidance will enable children with autism the ability to identify and focus. Here are what autistic children can achieve after learning how to play a musical instrument:
- Improved correspondence towards family members and friends
- Increase of social aptitudes: smiling, verbalizing, eye-contacting, etc.
- Conduct personal skills
- Raised attention
- Improved motor skills
- Improved cognitive functions
- Behavioral improvements
- Enhanced auditory processing
- Decreased self-stimulation and agitation
It is clear in this way that music can expect an imperative occupation in improving the social capacities of youths with compound unevenness, and this is the explanation why music-conducting classes like ours are critical to the development of children with ASD spectrum. We hope that your autistic children will have the chance to develop their creativity, explore themselves by pursuing a musical instrument. It is vital for you, my lovely parents, to start investigating art-practicing to bring out excellent features and manners from your lovely unique child.