Yan Wa was diagnosed with autism and serious attention deficiency when she was in P.3 and her parents do not have the working ability that the nuclear family could only rely on CSSA to live. It is not difficult to imagine that Yan Wa was easily discouraged by the unsatisfactory academic performance and even repeated blaming from teachers face-to-face. Not knowing how to communicate with peers and exclusion from classmates, make her more closed to others and more difficult to relieve her negative emotions.
Fortunately, she got to know about the Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Orchestra by chance when she was in P.3. She fell in love with her first encounter with the violin, and she has been insisting in the past seven years and reached level 8 in the violin. As she stated, “I really like the sound of the violin that I will not feel tired of even after whole day practice. Music has made a great change to my life with improved concentration and longer attention span in reading”. Music also helped improve her interpersonal relationship that she becomes more natural and confident in socializing with strangers and talking about the music she is interested in.
Children with autism face a variety of difficulties in their social relationship and school life, making them less confident and experience less social interest. Both parents and teachers should provide children with autism more care and space for development to encourage them to explore own interests and strengths, cultivate social skills and prepare for future integration, a mile to a smile!
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