What is Chords for Kids?
What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.
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The College’s Concert Winds ensemble will perform works selected for children with autism and their families. The audience is encouraged to talk, clap, make noise and move around during the performance. “Wigglers are Welcome!” Date: Sat, March 9, 2013 Time: 7:00 pm Approximate Length: 1 hours Venue: Wentz Concert Hall Address: 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville[…]
Chords for Kids was an amazing and irreplaceable experience. Having the opportunity to enter Wentz concert hall to a room filled with smiling faces will be a memory I cherish always. The children were so excited and seemed to be enjoying themselves even before the concert began. As I began to demonstrate the horn I[…]
The reason I love playing for the concert for children with autism is because the children absolutely love it. You can see this in their faces from the crowd! Never before have I had someone scream with glee that I am playing my flute, but when the band starts playing the kids start clapping and[…]
Having the opportunity to play in the Chords for Kids concert was unforgettable. Seeing the children in the audience enjoying themselves and not having to stay quiet was such a heartwarming experience. The best part of it was that this concert wasn’t for us; it was for the kids. During the YMCA, I looked out[…]
I did not think that crying from happiness was feasible…until I performed a concert for children with autism. To tell you the truth, I was sobbing in my seat before the last song had even ended. Why? I had just finished performing the chicken dance in a dress and heels at my first North Central[…]
I personally loved participating in the concert last year. I felt special giving back to the community because it was a wonderful opportunity for families with children who have autism
Performing in this concert was a blessing. Usually when we perform, the concert is about us, this time it is not. In fact, not even everyone is listening to us.