Music reaches people of all abilities

Special Education teachers often intrinsically know how to reach a child with special needs, long before researchers supply the “why it works” behind the practice. For example, although music has been a communication tool used by special education teachers for years, research is just now beginning to show that music can help non-verbal children with Autism . . . → Read More: Music reaches people of all abilities

Children with autism look away from faces when thinking

During a conversation, making eye contact with another person indicates respect, interest, and understanding. When processing a difficult question or trying to recall a memory, however, a typically developing person generally looks away. For a child with autism, the tendency to avoid eye contact is one of the most common traits. Now new research published in . . . → Read More: Children with autism look away from faces when thinking

Teacher uses music to help children with special needs interact in the classroom

Brook Holden's student's love ABC Music & Me time.

Brook Holden is a third-year teacher in Special Education in Kennett, MO. This is her first year teaching the ECSE program at Kennett Early Learning Center. She teaches one 30-minute ABC Music & Me class per week and does one 30-minute ABC Activities lesson per week. She . . . → Read More: Teacher uses music to help children with special needs interact in the classroom

Students with special needs who use ABC Music & Me show gains in literacy and language skills

Since 2007, the ABC Music & Me program has served more than 2,400 Pre-K and Kindergarten students and approximately 200 teachers in special education classrooms in a Florida county school district.

From September 2009 to May 2010, these teachers gathered and submitted pre-year, mid-year, and post-year data representing approximately 460 students with special needs who use ABC . . . → Read More: Students with special needs who use ABC Music & Me show gains in literacy and language skills

Program Spotlight: Fort Worth Independent Schools

Last summer, 35 special education teachers in Texas’s Fort Worth Independent School District gathered for professional development training to begin using ABC Music & Me with their students. Since then, nearly 400 students with special needs have been enjoying the program.

Director Virginia McCook thought that ABC Music & Me could be a wonderful addition to the . . . → Read More: Program Spotlight: Fort Worth Independent Schools