Teen with autism’s piano talent takes him to new heights

Doctors didn’t give Ben Jenkins much of a shot. They said his autism might mean he’d never talk, and would likely be institutionalized. But Ben has learned to never use his autism as an excuse.

“The picture I had in my head was just from several movies that I had read and a couple of articles, and I pictured him sitting in the corner and rocking and just shutting out the world,” Pamela Jenkins recalls, thinking about the day doctors diagnosed Ben with autism.

But the family was determined not to make autism the end of the road. They put Ben through full-time therapy starting at age five. His lead therapist was Dr. Annette Nunez.

“When I started therapy with him, he was middle functioning,” she said. “He didn’t have any spontaneous language.”

But after a while Ben started to progress, thanks in large part to a suggestion by his mother. Therapists asked Pam what Ben was interested in – she told them she thought he would be musical.

So Pam got Ben an audition with a piano teacher.

Click the link to read the full article http://theautismnews.com/teen-with-autisms-piano-talent-takes-him-to-new-heights/

Also see 'Music therapy for children on the Autistic Spectrum' http://theautismnews.com/music-therapy-for-children-on-the-autistic-spectrum/


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