We are super excited to announce that we have just been officially named as an Autism Friendly Business (AFB) by the Autism Society of Texas!
What is an Autism Friendly Business (AFB)?
Autism Friendly Business (AFB) is a program that was developed by the Autism Society of Texas in order to encourage and celebrate community inclusion.
Everyone can experience the joy of music at Lone Star.
Recognition of an AFB comes after each application has been reviewed by the Autism Society of Texas. This recognition allows all affected by autism to know where is a safe place in the community that is actively working to include individuals with autism through:
- sensory friendly events;
- partnering with the Autism Society of Texas;
- has hired an individual with autism; and/or
- much more.
Lone Star School of Music is proud to offer music lessons to everyone – including children with special needs. Many of our instructors are specially trained to teach students with autism and have gone through extensive training programs to better instruct autistic children. Keep an eye out on our website for indications of which instructors are autism-certified.
What Is Autism?
Also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Autism “refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.” The word “spectrum” is included to acknowledge the wide variety of ways this condition affects different people, the challenges they face, and their strengths and weaknesses. Autism affects everyone in a different, unique way.
Autism often begins to show clear signs when children are toddlers (2-3 years old), but it sometimes becomes apparent earlier than that. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 1 in 68 children lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It also more common in boys than girls. Not all children with Autism are mentally disabled – only one third have an intellectual disability.
Learn How Music Helps Autistic Children
Research has consistently shown the transformative power of music. It can positively impact health, social skills, and even the functioning of your brain. Especially for special needs children, music has the power to improve their lives. Hence, music & autism go hand in hand. Learn more about the link between music and autism by reading our blog here and watching the video below.
Lone Star is now an Official Autism Certified Music School | Lone Star School of Music – Austin, TX