Tony is on the Autism Spectrum and has multiple disabilities.He began playing violin when he was five years old.

 

He has performed in recitals and played solo pieces for school events, friends and relatives. He even played at a wedding as the bride walked down the aisle.

 

His ability to play violin allows him to diversify his interests, gain self-confidence, exhibit socially appropriate behaviors and receive recognition for mastering a unique skill. 

use (of playing an instrument) with autism and language disorder therapy

                                 --- Gwendolyn Morgan, NSF (703) 292-7725 gmorgan@nsf.gov

 Kraus' research has shown that musical training can change the auditory system and enhance verbal skills,

There has not been much study on the effects of listening to music, but learning to play an instrument has been shown to have benefits.

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