sensory intigration disorder

Elizabeth Ortiz said: Oct 2, 2008
Elizabeth Ortiz
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Cary, IL
14 posts

I have been asked if I would be interested/willing to teach a child with sensory intigration disorder. Of course as a Suzuki teacher I am eager to work with any child, and believe that all children can learn, etc. Sensory intigration disorder is a new concept to me. I’ve just started researching it, and have not yet met with the child and parent. I was just wondering if any of you had any experience teaching children with this disorder, and if so any tips or advice. Thanks!

Eve Weiss said: Oct 3, 2008
 
Suzuki Association Member
Guitar
16 posts

Clara-

I’ve PM’d you with some contact information. My son was diagnosed with S.I. when he was four or so. Some aspects of violin were very hard. But coordinated support, occupational therapy and activities worked so he is now 13 and plays well.

For everyone else the answers are too long for a message board so feel free to contact me directly. Brief notes include:
Some S.I. kids have problems crossing the mid line (right hand on left side of the body) and that may mean that it will take some time to get upper body positions right.
Fine motor skills may or may not be affected.
Some S.I. kids don’t know where thier body is in space so they may think thier feet are right but they aren’t.
S.I. is pretty common and is a range of issues and should be considered not so much as a barrier to instrument instruction as just a reminder that every child is different

There are other “typical” challenges but each kid (often boys but not exclusively) with S.I will have a different set of needs or areas to develop. Working with the parents helps and is necessary. Some things will probably just mean that the teacher and parent need to find ways to keep repeating certain reminders for years.

Elizabeth Ortiz said: Oct 3, 2008
Elizabeth Ortiz
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Cary, IL
14 posts

Thanks so much etail!

Diana said: Nov 27, 2008
 Violin, Piano, Viola
5 posts

I have been teaching a child with sensory integration disorder for 3 years. It is frequently a challenge. I book I found helpful is The Sensory Sensitive Child. I don’t remember the author. It gives good information in understandable language. Written by 2 moms of kids with sid. Both moms are therapists.

Eve Weiss said: Dec 11, 2008
 
Suzuki Association Member
Guitar
16 posts

For books, also consult “The Out of Sync Child” and the accompanying web site http://www.out-of-sync-child.com/. I have no connection with the book and site other than as a parent of a child with sensory integration issues and a reader of the book…

Diane said: Dec 13, 2008
Diane AllenViolin
245 posts

Brain Gym exercises can be done before you work with the violin. They are simple movements that stimulate the front/back, left/right, top/bottom parts of the brain. The Brain Gym 101 training is a great way to learn how to do Brain Gym. I’ve used it for my son who missed a lot of developmental steps as a baby. He’s been able to “catch up” with what he missed and is quite functional now. For myself, I’ve had profound changes in visual abilities, focus, and it keeps me calm when I’m performing. As a violin teacher I use it with my students all the time when they are having coordination issues, are just stuck, having visual issues, having listening issues, or having kinesthetic issues.

Diane
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Videos of student violin recitals and violin tutorials.

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