As the proportion of children with special needs continue to rise, some educators and teenagers are finding themselves in the midst of the pandemic, engaging with these children.
Daryll Nathaniel, known for his dedication on educating special needs children has been incredibly busy during the lockdown. He’s been reading up on research papers focused on music therapy for kids with special needs. Taking notes for chapters of a music therapy book is a must for him and he’s been practising it alongside his father, Edwin Nathaniel, 62.
Edwin is a musician and one of the co-founders of the award-winning Aseana Percussion Unit (Apu). Edwin is well-known among his friends for his passion in teaching music to children with special needs. In 2000, Apu established Rise, a music therapy curriculum for children with various types and levels of learning disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, and down syndrome.
Currently, both father and son are working on a book about music therapy, which focuses on the Rise (Rhythm Interactive Special Needs Enable) method. According to Daryll, the book might be published next year if everything goes well. With this book, you can help them build self-confidence and find success in their life.
Rise is built on the notion of having fun while making music with percussion instruments (or anything at hand, such as a mortar and pestle, frying pan, and chopsticks). At the 5th Boh Cameronian Arts Awards in 2006, the Rise initiative was rated as The best Community Arts Project. Prior to the epidemic, the Nathaniels hosted more than 50 free seminars across Malaysia to train ‘special education’ teachers on how to operate the Rise program. Edwin has also shared his teaching techniques with New Zealand teachers.
To develop team spirit and discipline, the Rise method is implemented in an interactive manner. The benefits of purchasing and reading the book will see the teachers gain a better understanding on how to build a sense of musical appreciation among children with special needs.
Being one of the growing number of Malaysian youths who volunteer to aid people with disabilities, he believes in the ancient adage that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” especially when it comes to charity endeavours. He is fortunate to have Edwin as a role model, as he has worked in social work and community projects for decades.
“All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them”
~ Magic Johnson
Knowing that this pandemic is the toughest ordeal the world has had to endure, Daryll encourages young teens to support those who are less fortunate and support their development throughout their lifestyle.
Source: The Star