Denie Riggs has written Music Helps Autism after teaching piano for nearly 50 years, as well as creating Early Childhood Music®~Give Them the Best Start, a faith-based, non-traditional approach to preschool piano, and Music4Me, a music program designed specifically for children with special needs.
Riggs has successfully taught many students with special needs, including those with autism, with astounding musical and non-musical results. Several of her students have broken through into language in her music classes, others have gained amazing academic results, excelling in every area of their life.
The book, Music Helps Autism, contains 6 vital elements.
Share Their Story!
Riggs shares powerful Share Their Story! testimony segments throughout the book written by those who have witnessed first hand Riggs' non-traditional approach to music. Riggs understands that powerful strength is gained from the words of a parent of a child with autism, whose life has been changed and these Share Their Story testimonies will excite and encourage you that music can help your child too!
The Incredible Music Research:
You will never look at music the same way again after Riggs shares the powerful music research behind her program. She documents her studies in a way that you can do your own research also.
The Four Levels of Active Musical Participation:
Riggs lays out for the reader the Four Levels of Musical Therapies that she recommends for every person, not only those on the autism spectrum.
Riggs gives age-specific tips and application ideas on how to apply the Four Levels of Musical Therapies to bring benefits for every age and every level of developmental abilities.
Riggs has done the work for you and provides guidance on where to get non-traditional curriculums, instruments that are approved for your child’s developmental age, what to look for in listening CDs, how to find music schools in your area … and much, much more. This book is a practical guide to resource the tools to help your child excel.
Appendix for Teachers:
Although Music Helps Autism is written specifically for parents, Riggs shares her vital elements and techniques for music teachers, therapists and other interested professionals. Her goal is that no matter where a child resides in the world, they can have someone in that location, trained to help release them from the symptoms of autism.
Music Helps Autism is easy to read, understand and follow. Your hope will be reborn as you begin to apply the incredible power of music to your child’s life with a multifaceted approach that works.