Online Piano Lessons for
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders,
"Give the gift of music to connect to the world of your child and
open doors of the mind, emotions, and new possibilities"
When I got my first ASD student I searched the internet for teaching techniques. Finding little or no information, I began this website to discover and develop ways to impart the joys of music to them.
Please join the research team
Go to the blog and add your comments and experience so together we can design an effective program for our children to enjoy.
You can also support our research and outreach efforts by purchasing music through the online store, or by making a donation. Donations are used for scholarships, gifts of keyboards to needy students, and website expenses.
Piano for Special Needs presents a unique approach to share the magical world of music with students with autism and other special needs.
Here's how it works
Piano for Special Needs
is a family-centered approach to your child learning to play the piano
through online lessons. We offer a variety of 4- or 8- week series.
All series are free!
For program details click on "My Method" button above.
Do not delay in giving your family the special bonding time that music provides.
This short video explains it all.
Please order "I Can Do It! Piano Book" from firstname.lastname@example.org. Promo code p4sn.
- Be careful to get the PIANO BOOK
- The EXPLORER'S GUIDE is an excellent supplement for parents and teachers for new ideas and techniques.
- However, the PIANO BOOK is the required text for the 4 Free Lessons as well as the following "Ready to Read" series.
As a new feature to be used as a discovery technique for those teaching special needs students (sns), this column will introduce each one and describe the tricks and approaches I am using. Each new entry will be made in the blog. Teachers/parents are invited to comment, and especially add what they have done successfully. The whole point is to develop approaches to impart the gift of music to these very special people. All will be composite students so as not to identify an individual.
Annie is developing into a delightful little girl. She is still strong-willed, only following the instructions she chooses. Therefore since she will never be a competition player, I focus on giving Annie the gift of music for life-long enjoyment.
Improvisation lights her up! For lessons, after a brief segment of sight-reading and playing songs from the books, we turn to improv.
Attitude Annie is a typical public school student with no special needs, except she is very willful....or more accurately, won't-full. My teacher friends ask why I keep her. Probably for the challenge. How do you direct a young and bright child when she just won't?
Sally with cerebral palsy has the "happy gene." Of all people, Sally has the right to complain, but she never does. She is a joy to all who know her and once technology augments her abilities, there will be no stopping her.
Donnie with Down Syndrome is the sweetest young man. Perhaps God put such among us to teach us love, trust, acceptance, truthfulness. Donnie is a slow learner, but he learns. And when he smiles in pride, it lights up the room!
Tommy (Traumatic Brain Injury) is a handsome young man. His very life is a testimony of the faith and devotion of his family. The doctors did not expect him to survive his accident, or to wake from the coma, or talk, or walk, or ever be a person again. MUSIC brought him back to life, so with music we will try to rebuild speech and give new activities for his rehabilitation.