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Four ways to motivate students with ASD and ADHD in music lessons.
With a BM in Piano Pedagogy and seven years of teaching experience, Abigail runs a private studio near Dallas, Texas. She specializes in preschool and neurodivergent students, using a play-based approach for classical piano lessons.
In 2021, Abigail launched Whole Foundation Method: an online shop with fun and comprehensive tools for beginner-intermediate piano students. She loves learning, teaching, and equipping teachers with helpful resources!
ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) are both Neurodevelopmental conditions.
Thrives in routines; struggle with interpersonal relationship due to a lack of social skills
Ways to keep students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) motivated in their lessons.
- Providing students with autism with structure and choices (visual task cards mat)
- Use screens and technology
- Hands-on, tactile learning (motions, movement, call & response singing, etc.)
- Use easy repertoire that can be taught by rote in the early days of lessons (first 6-12 months of lessons) to help them feel capable
Tend to be disinterested in routines; the struggle is with attentiveness
Ways to keep students with ADHD motivated in their lessons.
- Provide (short-term) choices (such as: do you want to begin with scales repertoire?)
- Change up activities frequently.
- May do better with harder repertoire (tend to get bored really easily; may thrive on challenges)
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