ERIC Number: EJ836962
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Keys to Success with Autistic Children: Structure, Predictability, and Consistency Are Essential for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Iseminger, Scott H.
Teaching Music, v16 n6 p28 Apr 2009
Early childhood and elementary music teachers face particular challenges when including children with special needs in the music classroom. Children with autism act out and misbehave not because they are autistic, but because their fears and anxieties are so great. Knowing that children with autism and other neurological disorders have distinct emotional and physical needs can help teachers adapt their music classrooms and their interactions to accommodate these children. This article takes a look at what these children need and considers some guidelines for helping them in the music classrooms. It discusses how teachers can accommodate the need for consistency and structure in the music classroom and how they can create a safe environment for special learners and help them have a successful experience in the music setting.
Descriptors: Music Education, Music, Autism, Music Teachers, Special Needs Students, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Education, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, Behavior Problems, Anxiety, Neurological Impairments, Emotional Response, Curriculum Development, Teacher Student Relationship, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A