Students with multiple learning challenges
Found in: Special Needs & Learning Differences
Nikki R., Australia
I teach a pair of siblings with autism, dyslexia, and dysgraphia among other things. The boy sits at the piano and refuses most of the time to play. He is very intelligent and when I can actually get him to play, he bangs out the song like a pro! But he hates it. The girl finds it difficult, complains about sore hands, talks a lot about anything but piano, and has trouble recalling what we have learned. Is anyone else in a situation like this? Their mother is in class with us and helps me manage, but it’s slow going and I often feel deflated after class
Patti P., Hawaii
It can be very challenging teaching kids with autism. Have you tried improvising, starting with black keys? I don’t know if they would like it or not, but it might add an element of no pressure to perform or remember. I’m definitely not an expert at this; just a thought.
Carrie L., Michigan
I have taught the parent, then the parent teaches at home. Play games with them. Find out their passions and relate piano to those. Do a 15-minute private lesson.
Becc S., Australia
Maybe separate them. They could need individual attention. Do different songs with each one so there’s no comparison. I’ve had a similar situation. The brother mucking around and then playing it with ease. The sister not getting it easily. Once I separated them, things went better.