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Easing Autism with Music

Prakken Publications
ED041313
$2.95

Barry Kolman wasn’t expecting the outpouring of emotion from the audience after he and his 13-year-old daughter, Emmanuela, finished their clarinet duet at the convention of the Virginia Counselors Association last November. Kolman did realize that it was no ordinary performance: Emmanuela has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). “People were floored because they had never seen a kid who has autism play the clarinet,” recalled Kolman. “Children with autism can play piano because it’s easier—you press a button and get a sound. But with the clarinet there are a lot of things going on at once, and kids with autism have a hard time doing more than one thing at a time.

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