Music loves autism / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Music loves autism

When words are written out as musical notes

​OCT – NOV 2018 & JAN – FEB 2019
For children with and without autistic spectrum disorder (ADS) and their parents
Communication without words͢ - that is, music. In this workshop, sounds and musical instruments help kids free up their emotions and develop their social skills.
It may be the saxophone, the piano, or the recorder; in this well-received educational programme by the Onassis Foundation, music becomes a ‘language of communication’, over and above the spoken and written word, as groups of children from within and outside the spectrum of autism come into contact with sounds and musical instruments. 

The programme, which has been run for seven years in Athens and five in other parts of Greece, aims to promote equal access to learning and play. 

The workshop includes specially designed musical activities that are adapted to the particular needs and skills of the children taking part. Kids come into creative contact with musical sounds and get to know the various musical instruments. Music is thus used as a means for communication and interaction, with special emphasis given to the development of non-verbal communication skills. 

The aim is for kids belonging to the broad spectrum of autism to get an experience of teamwork and become part of a team, thus giving free rein to their creativity.


Georgia Papamichail: Specialist educator
Christina Papandreou: Pianist
Dimitra Toka: Specialist educator
Dimitris Tsakas: Saxophone player

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Addressed to:
Children with autistic spectrum disorder (ADS) and their parents.

Dates & Hours:
Workshop cycles for 2018
Saturdays 20 & 27 October and 3, 10, 17 & 24 November 
Children 5-7 years old: 10:00-12:00
Children 8-11 years old: 12:00-14:00

Workshop cycles for 2019
Saturdays 12, 19 & 26 January and 2, 9 & 16 February
Children 5-7 years old: 16:00-18:00
Children 8-11 years old: 18:00-20:00
Free admission
Terms and conditions:
Each child to be accompanied by one parent only. In some cases, participation of first-degree relatives such as siblings may be allowed.
The first meeting of each cycle to be attended only by parents who will be accompanying their children to the workshop.
Participation in all meetings of each cycle is mandatory.

Experiential workshops for teachers will be run during the programme, each workshop consisting of a two-hour stand-alone session.

Wednesdays 21 & 28 November 2018
17.00- 19.00 & 19.00 – 21.00 

Wednesdays 13 & 20 February 2019
17.00- 19.00 & 19.00 – 21.00 

Onassis Stegi

Reservation and more info:
T: 210 3713000
Booking required, at 
Booking requests will be treated on a first-come first-served basis.

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