Boulder, Colorado (PRWEB) January 07, 2014
The Autism Hope Alliance is a not for profit foundation that embodies hope for families facing the diagnosis of Autism through education, financial support and volunteerism.
A.H.A. has pioneered the Autism Approved® program, which is designed to highlight numerous products, materials, clothing, toys and other goods that meet a strict criteria to be deemed Autism community friendly. On December 8, 2013, Piano Wizard Academy was awarded the Autism Approved seal.
Piano Wizard is a simple music video game system that allows users to play real songs in minutes using a revolutionary patented 4-step approach. The Academy package adds videos lessons and songbooks that coordinate with the software.
A.H.A. was especially impressed the story of Jed, a boy with such severe mental challenges he could barely speak, and could not even communicate enough to ask for a glass of water at 7 years old. Yet the color coded simplicity and ease of the program enabled Jed in a little over 2 years to be able to complete the entire 100-lesson curriculum, with him now playing and reading complex sheet music like Bach and Beethoven at the piano. But more importantly, his comprehension, social, and language abilities improved dramatically, even allowing him to begin going to school with other children. Similar responses and testimonials from the ASD community came in to corroborate that something very powerful, effective and affordable was possible for a wide range of children.
“Through the use of Piano Wizard Academy, we believe Jed was able to experience the neuorplasticity effects on his brain development that scientists confirm can be derived through playing music, especially piano. Dozens of new studies indicate that it is music that has most likely stretched his brain and abilities so dramatically and positively.”
When asked about what makes Piano Wizard Academy so unique compared to other music learning solutions, Mr. Salter responded, “Where Piano Wizard Academy fits in is it allows virtually anyone to now enjoy the benefits of music education and music therapy that were once too hard, too expensive, to difficult to achieve or enjoy. Piano Wizard Academy's simplicity allows music to be a birthright for all of us, and Jed's example shows just how easy and fun the game is, and yet how potentially transformational music’s benefits can be. These kinds of surprising stories from parents and teachers in the ASD community have moved and inspired us to contribute a portion of our proceeds to the Autism Hope Alliance to help them continue their fine work. We hope to make it possible that many many more children could now learn to play piano and read music, joyfully and easily. We are proud and honored by the recognition received from the Autism Hope Alliance.”
Piano Wizard Academy is backed with a rarely seen 6-month guarantee. “Children are so unique, and the autism spectrum so wide, that we wanted to give every family enough time to try it without any risk to ensure that it works for them. We also work with Paypal’s Bill Me Later program so that it is actually less expensive than weekly piano lessons, and we even throw in a free keyboard to make it all work for struggling households.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 88 children in the United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and Autism spectrum disorders are almost five times more common among boys than girls – with 1 in 54 boys.* “Music therapy and integration should be a part of any family’s options, and the Piano Wizard Academy makes that possible in a comprehensive, fun and affordable way. Music is very bonding, and we can all use a little more joy in our lives. When a child is engaged and excited, all things are possible.”
For an excellent summary of some of the latest research on music and the brain, go to http://bit.ly/MusicBrainOverview.
Chris Salter, Founder and CEO Music Wizard Next Gen
Chris(at)musicwizard(dot)com | 813-505-2995
Autism Hope Alliance
Contact: Anna Kulikovskaya
info(at)autismhopealliance(dot)org | 941.350.9077
*NOTE: A previous version of this press release had a typo on the incidence of ASD in boys.