School music class accommodations for SPD kid?

My 9 year old son has SPD and is functioning pretty well in grade 4, with a shared aide. He's on a behavioral IPP (not academic) as he's quite able in most subject areas. Music class continues to be a problem. I've tried to problem-solve with the music teacher more than once, and asked for help from the resource teacher, but he's still not participating and demonstrating achievement. (He uses some of his typical tools in music, mostly the capacity to LEAVE the environment for a sensory break, but it's not enough.) The environment is by its nature challenging, but surely there's something we can do? He's got two more years with this teacher...

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May 30, 2011
SPD in general music class
by: mz

There are so many questions that come to mind that can have an impact on why your son has sensory issues in the music classroom. It may be not just the noise, but the smells and textures as well. If he has tactile defensiveness in addition to auditory issues, playing recorders can be especially difficult, as can playing hand percussion. Also, just the way the sound moves around the room can be assaulting to such kids. If the music teacher is not cooperative in making accommodations, will the school allow you to enroll him in private instruction in lieu of the music class? With the right teacher, music can really be a benefit to kids with even severe SPD. I am a music teacher and have seen amazing things happen with these kids through music.

Apr 06, 2011
Theraputic Listening.
by: Angie

She was referring to Therapeutic Listening :-) OR Google Shiela M Frick

Apr 16, 2010
Ive heard about....
by: Anonymous

headphones that let you hear whats going on, but changes the sound somehow so its not so offensive

Sorry i dont have more than that, but ask around, someone has to know what they are called.

My son after three quarters of his kindergarten class,can actually stay in the music and gym class with a break. He wont participate, but hes starting to TOLERATE the noise, LOL

Good luck, i feel your pain, Kim

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