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Teaching students with special needs

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Teaching students with special needs

  1. 1. Teaching Students with Special Needs Monet Payne Community Manager Dena C. and Beverly M. TakeLessons Certified Instructors TakeLessons.com
  2. 2. Meet the Teachers! <ul><li>Dena C. </li></ul><ul><li>Beverly M. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What We’ll be Covering <ul><li>Practical tips and tricks from our expert teachers for teaching students with a varying range of disabilities, needs, and disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Special Needs Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A Session </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why is this important? <ul><li>Perseverance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding a way to make it happen </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CANI </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Constant and Never-ending Improvement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make music happen for these students by challenging yourself! </li></ul><ul><li>Character building </li></ul>
  5. 5. Be Upfront <ul><li>Before a first lesson ask: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning disabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dyslexia </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ADD, ADHD </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personality issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Perfectionist </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disorders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Autism/Asperger’s </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific issues that may effect lessons </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disclaimer: parents may be in denial! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Be Upfront <ul><li>How to approach the issue </li></ul><ul><li>Student guidelines: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Learning disabilities, physical handicaps, personality sensitivities: Please let me know if the student has any learning disabilities, disorders, or personality sensitivities (ADD, ADHD, Autism/Asperger's, Dyslexia, cognitive delay, perfectionist, extremely shy, etc.), so I can tailor their lessons accordingly.  This will also help me in selecting appropriate lesson books and music for the student.  I also need to know of any physical challenges as well.  I have not had a student yet who couldn’t learn to play piano, even when faced with a learning disability or physical handicap. We may have to slow down the pace a little or make other adjustments, but everyone can learn to play!”        </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Time is of the Essence <ul><li>Suggest longer lesson times </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Extra time to explain new concepts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For the ADD or ADHD student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Longer lesson = double-edged sword </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some may be able to handle 45 min, but not 60 min </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Try it out, and cut back if necessary </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What works for one student may not work for another! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Simplicity <ul><li>Keep it simple </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 or 2 songs at the most </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t skip around too much </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure they master the song they will be practicing before they leave the studio </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Personality <ul><li>Be animated! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amp up the energy to keep them engaged </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not speak too fast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Positive and encouraging words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep calm and carry on </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Introducing Concepts <ul><li>Repetition is your friend </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find ways to repeat the same concepts using a variety of methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clapping </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shakers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dynamics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contextualize </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Role Reversal <ul><li>Let the student be the teacher </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fun with pointer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps student to focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kids love it and get excited to play teacher for once! </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Acclamation <ul><li>Praise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebrate the smallest of accomplishments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Applause </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>High 5’s </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stickers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get creative! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Variety is the Spice of Life <ul><li>Variety </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flashcards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual and listening activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Especially helpful for ADD and ADHD students </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Physical Obstacles <ul><li>Seniors/Students with physical disabilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Arthritis or MS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>String and Keyboard instruments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Find ways to drop notes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Take the initiative to educate yourself </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adaptive tools </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get creative </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Above All… <ul><li>Be prepared to be flexible and go with the flow! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Special Needs Challenge <ul><li>Go to Community/Forums/Just for Teachers/Teacher to Teacher/Special Needs Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a student to create a teaching strategy for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you’ve had experience with the type of student, indicate so </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If not, plan a strategy based on what you’ve learned in the webinar </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Give constructive feedback on another teacher’s post </li></ul><ul><li>One teacher who does both by this Friday (7/29) will be randomly selected to win $50! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Q&A

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