SPECIAL BUDDIES PROGRAM
Every child has their own potential
DO YOU WANT YOUR CHILD EXPRESS THOUGHTS AND FEELING?
Any diagnostic label should not prevent a child from pursuing music education that may change their life.
"I don't know what is wrong with that kid."
These are the most common words blurted out when music teachers encounter students with autism.
They might not be able to tell exactly what was wrong, but the student was not responding to them just like most others did.
What You Can Expect
DO YOU NEED A TEACHER WITH KNOWLEDGE?
Typical piano pedagogy has generally focused on teaching piano to typical learners, but not students with special needs.
If teachers do not have the knowledge and tools to understand the behaviours of students with autism, they may not be able to teach them well and lead to the opening scenario mentioned above, feeling frustrated and hopeless.
Hence, it is not uncommon to see that students with autism are often turned down by music studios due to their special conditions.
EXPERTISE IN PSYCHOLOGY
With an educational background in Psychology and experience in working with special needs children, we have developed and customized our teaching methods, materials and classroom environment according to each students’ needs.
Equipped with training in Psychology, we are able to understand the function of their challenging behaviours during the lessons and address these behaviours by employing Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) in order to transform it into more positive lessons.
The expertise in Psychology training also allows us to understand and accept students’ difficulties in social communication, as well as to find ways to communicate with them and develop strategies for their communication and learning issues in the classroom.
WHAT MAKE US SPECIAL
For example, we create social stories in order to teach them desired piano learning behaviour in the classroom and good recital behaviour. As children with ASD prefer concrete learning and are sensitive to details, it is important to set up the routine, structure the lessons, use specific and constant vocabulary while teaching, and design the lesson schedules that fit their goals and needs.
In addition, it is also vital to plan carefully for consistent classroom procedure and physical arrangement of the music classroom, knowing that they may struggle with small changes in the environment.
Common issues that accompany children with ASD include music-specific challenges of sensory activities and classroom environment.
Therefore, it is important to allow accommodations for students who have sensory hypersensitivity.
We also created specialized materials and teaching aids to suit their needs, such as color-coded and easier versions of music scripts, games for note reading and flashcards. With adaptive pedagogy, we make our best effort to ensure that every child has positive music learning experience in our studio.