I know this is a crazy request for this forum, but maybe just a mom who plays violin who might have some insight on this perhaps?
DD 11yrs old diagnosed mild autism last April. Finally got around to getting speech and OT evals. I don't have official reports yet, so I can't describe her deficits in technical terms.
She has been playing violin for a little over a year. She really doesn't have much natural talent. She does not want to give up. I don't want her to give up because I have to believe there is great benefit to her to continue with some sort of musical instruction.
Based on my own observations along with the brief conference I had with the OT... she has weak core and upper body strength. She struggled in the evaluation with basically anything that involved coordination. I think I heard the words "motor planning"? along with other things?? She can't do hopscotch. She can't do the "wheel barrow crawl" where the OT holds her legs up and she crawls. etc etc. Also struggles terribly with handwriting. She is "floppy"--poor posture, etc.
Here is my question: Is there anything that occupational therapy can do to help her with violin specifically? This is a daily frustration for her as she can't seem to make her arms and hands do what they need to do in order to master the pieces she's assigned. She tires easily just from holding the instrument properly. Her violin teacher keeps moving her along to the next piece without her ever fully mastering the one before. That's ok for now, but won't be in the long term.
I'm just looking for ways to help her be somewhat successful at violin. She feels like she's not good at anything, and her confidence is pretty low. Would I be out of line to bring this up to her OT? She starts weekly therapy sessions November 1.