Student with arthogryposis

Laura Fleming said: Aug 30, 2012
Laura FlemingViolin
Pasadena, CA
2 posts

I run a Suzuki strings program for a school district in California. I have a student this year who has a disorder called arthogryposis. I saw her briefly to size her for a violin and chose to go with one that was a bit smaller. I felt that the smaller violin would be easier for her to play. It seems that the arthogryposis is mainly in her arms, hand, and wrist. When I met with her it seemed that her hands and arms were extremely stiff and nearly impossible to get them into any kind of relaxed playing position. I am determined to find a way to give her a positive and successful experience with the violin. I am wondering if any teachers out there have experience with teaching any students with arthogryposis or anything similar? I appreciate any help anyone is able to give me!

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