Music Loves Autism
A programme that takes place in locations throughout Greece for children on the broad spectrum of autism and their parents
Workshops cycles at the OCC:
NOV-DEC 2015 & FEB-MAR 2016
Workshops cycles outside the OCC:
OCT 2015 - JUN 2016
Children aged 5-7 and 8-11 years, on the broad spectrum of autism and their parents
Music can motivate children on the broad spectrum of autism, enabling them to interact with their environment, develop communication skills and gain positive experiences on a personal and family level
For the fourth year, the Onassis Cultural Centre organizes the programme ‘Music Loves Autism’, for children who are on the broad spectrum of autism and their parents. The programme will take place at the Onassis Cultural Centre, at the same time ‘traveling’, for the second year in a row, throughout Greece. This year’s workshops at other locations, such as Ioannina, Kilkis, Agrinio, Santorini, Volos, Rethymno, Thessaloniki, Lamia, Mytilene and Chania, are supported by OPAP S.A.
Children who are on the autism spectrum have few opportunities to work with the senses and improving their sensory capacities. Their need for an education of the senses is under-recognized. The main aim of the workshop is to provide for this need, which should be an integral element of the educational experience of each child.
For children on the broad spectrum of autism, music can motivate them, enabling them to interact with their environment, develop communication skills and obtain positive experiences (through music) in a personal as well as family level. Music is one of the most important tools of learning and interacting with one’s environment, functioning as a means of developing social skills and emotional maturity for people with autism. This workshop invites children to come into contact with music and rhythm, through creative games and musicokinetic actions. At first children get to know the space and the musicians. In this safe environment, they experiment with musical instruments, producing sounds. During the workshop, and in collaboration with our team, these young musicians take part in various improvisational games based on music.
The workshop consists of musical actions especially designed and adjusted for the children’s particular wishes and abilities. Music motivates children, who are on the broad autism spectrum, to interact with their environment, develop communication skills, and obtain positive experiences both at a personal and family level.
In this workshop, music becomes the ‘language’ of communication, even in the absence of speech. Through sounds, games, and alternating roles, children are called to sense their own bodily existence, to express what they feel, and to get to know many different kinds of music.
Through a series of musical compositions, our team works with the notions of somatognosia (that is, the awareness we have of the parts of our body) and space, but also with actions and routines that are part of children’s everyday life. Children come into creative contact with sounds, getting to know a number of musical instruments. Music is used as a means of communication and interaction. Special emphasis is given on the development of non-verbal communication.
In this safe environment, children experience through music what it means to collaborate and be part of a team. Our final aim is a celebratory musical event at the end, prepared by the children who will also be the main protagonists!
creditsThe workshop will be conducted by a specialized team, led by musicologist and music therapist Christina Panagiotakou.
Workshop cycles at OCC 2015
Saturday 7, 14, 21 and 28 November & 5, 12 December
Children aged 5-7 years: 10:00-12:00
Children aged 8-11 years: 12:00-14:00
Workshop cycles at OCC 2016
Wednesday 17 and 24 February & 2, 9, 16 and 23 March
Children aged 5-7 years: 16:00-18:00
Children aged 8-11 years: 18:00-20:00
Parents’ presence during the workshop is required. Parents themselves can decide on the degree of their participation.
Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens:
Obligatory attendance at all six meetings of each cycle.
Reservations by telephone required. Participation will be decided on a first come first served basis.
Obligatory attendance at the three meetings of each cycle.
Reservations by telephone required. Telephone numbers will be made public for each destination in due course. Participation will be decided on a first come first served basis.
Workshop dates in other regions of Greece are announced throughout the year.
Tel: (+30) 210 3713000
"Music loves autism" travels to Ioannina
"Music loves autism" travels to Chania
"Music loves autism" travels to Rethymno
"Music loves autism" travels to Agrinio
"Music loves autism" travels to Volos
"Music loves autism" travels to Thessaloniki
23 - 25 Oct 2015
Cost: Free admission
Music loves autism. The OCC travels to Lamia.
Music workshop for children with autism 6-8 years & 9-12 years and their parents.
The OCC οf the Onassis Foundation travel to Kilkis with a music workshop for children with autism.