student with sensory perception disorder

Miriam Rosenblum said: Feb 3, 2016
Miriam Rosenblum
Suzuki Association Member
Recorder
Denver, CO
3 posts

I have a 4-year-old recorder student with sensory perception disorder. (This actually explains a lot of behaviors I had observed at his lessons, including poor motor and impulse control.) Does anyone has experience teaching a student with SPD, and what do you recommend?

Libby Felts said: Feb 4, 2016
Libby FeltsSAA Staff
Forum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
35 posts

Hi Miriam,

We actually just published an article on SPD in the latest issue of the American Suzuki Journal! That would be a great place to begin.

Miriam Rosenblum said: Feb 4, 2016
Miriam Rosenblum
Suzuki Association Member
Recorder
Denver, CO
3 posts

Thanks, I hadn’t seen that! I just read it—very interesting!
Now I’d love to hear from some other teachers with suggestions on teaching students with SPD. Specific ideas/exercises/strategies that have worked for your student? Thanks!

Kirsten said: Feb 6, 2016
 Violin
103 posts

There are little environmental things that you might not think about with other students that you might consider with this one. Is the washing machine or the dishwasher going elsewhere in the house?

Can you close the curtains or blinds in your studio to avoid visual distractions like the tree outside blowing in the wind?

Maybe schedule 10 minutes between when this student leaves and the next one arrives.

I had a violin student who felt cold when he played on the E string. I realized after he told me this a few times that he likely had synesthesia, and he really did feel cold. We tried to play pieces on lower strings.

Its tougher with a 4 year old, because the older children can talk to you about these things (sometimes), and the 4 year old just reacts without really understanding why.

Kirsten

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