by Dr. Scott Price

There is a growing abundance of high-quality information on teaching special learners, but it is often difficult to find it referenced in one place. The following list of books, articles, webinars, and online resources is intended to be a starting point for those of us teaching and learning from special learners, and for those who are considering serving this population of deserving students. All editions were up-to-date at the time of this posting.

General Resources

Amadek, Mary S. and Alice-Ann Darrow. Music in Special Education, 3rd edition. American Music Therapy Association, 2018.

Bauer, Beth. "Ten Characteristics for Teaching Students with Special Needs." Clavier Companion. July/August. (2010).

Beth Bauer, Melissa Martiros, Scott Price. The Inclusive Piano Teaching Blog

Hammel, Alice M. and Ryan M. Hourigan. Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-Free Approach, 2ndedition. Oxford University Press, 2017.

Hammel, Alice M. Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Practical Resource. Oxford University Press, 2017.

McCord, Kimberly. Teaching the Post-Secondary Student with Disabilities. Oxford University Press, 2017.

Polischuk, Derek. Transformational Piano Teaching: Mentoring Students from All Walks of Life. Oxford University Press, 2018.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV. American Psychological Association:2000.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V. American Psychological Association:   2013.

Autism Resources

Exkorn, Karen Siff. The Autism Sourcebook. New York: Harper Collins, 2006.

Grandin, Temple. Emergence: Labeled Autistic. New York: Warner Books, 1986.

Powers, Michael, ed. Children with Autism: A Parents’ Guide. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2000.

Price, Scott. "All in a Day's Routine: Piano Teaching and Autism." Clavier Companion. July/ August (2010): 10–16.

__________. "Repertoire Choices for Students with Autism." (2018). 

Sicile-Kira, Chantal. Autism Spectrum Disorders, revised edition. New York: Perigee, 2014.

_______. Autism Life Skills. New York: Perigee, 2008.

_______. Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: A Parent's Guide to the Cognitive, Social, Physical, and Transition Needs of Teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Tarcher Perigee, 2006.

_______. Autism Life Skills: From Communication and Safety to Self-Esteem and More - 10 Essential Abilities Every Child Needs and Deserves to Learn. Tarcher Perigee, 2008.

Silverman, Stephan. School Success for Kids With Asperger's Syndrome: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers. Prufrock Press, 2008.

Down Syndrome Resources

Bauer, Elizabeth. What Should Be an Appropriate Approach to Piano Instruction for Students with Down Syndrome? Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana University, 2003.

Cunningham, Cliff. Down Syndrome: An Introduction for Parents and Careers,  3rdedition. Souvenir Press: 2010.

_____. Understanding Down Syndrome: An Introduction for Parents. Brookline Books, 1996.

Bruni, Maryanne. Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, 3rdedition. Woodbine House, 2016.

Kumin, Libby. Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome:  Guide for Parents and Professionals, 3rd edition. Woodbine House, 2012.

Oelwein, Patricia. Teaching Reading to Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Teachers. Woodbine House, 1995.

Winder, Patricia C. Gross Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals 2ndedition. Woodbine House, 2013.

National Down Syndrome Society:

ADD/ADHD Resources

Ashley, Susan. The ADD & ADHD Answer Book: Professional Answers to 275 of the Top Questions Parents Ask. Sourcebooks, Inc., 2005.

Kennedy, Diane M. The ADHD Autism Connection. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press, 2002.

Monastra, Vincent. Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons that Medicine Cannot Teach 2ndedition. American Psychological Association, 2014.

Rief, Sandra. How To Reach And Teach Children with ADD/ADHD: Practical Techniques, Strategies, and  Interventions, 3rd edition. Jossey-Bass, 2016.

Silverman, Stephan et al. School Success for Kids with ADHD. Prufrock Press, 2009.

Developmental Delay Resources

LeComer, Laurie Fivozinsky. A Parent's Guide to Developmental Delays: Recognizing and Coping with Missed Milestones in Speech, Movement, Learning, and Other Areas. Perigee, 2006.

Visual Impairment Resources

Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped:

Hearing Impairment Resources

Miller, Cherisse, ed. Making Music with a Hearing Loss: Strategies and Stories. Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss. (AAMHL), 20011. 

_______. Musicians with Hearing Loss: A Basic Guide for Teachers and Performers. D.M.A. Dissertation, The University of South Carolina, 2009.

Webinars on Teaching Special Learners

Price, Scott. Autism and Piano Study: A Basic Teaching Vocabulary Part I

__________. Autism and Piano Study: A Basic Teaching Vocabulary Part II – Inside the Lesson

__________. Tone is Everything: Voice Usage and Vocabulary for Teaching Special Learners