Child with Aspberger's Has Lost Her Ability to Play Piano
(Olathe, KS, USA)
My best friend's daughter has taken piano lessons for over a year. She loved playing and was pretty good. The last time I heard her play I was impressed by how complex the piece was.
She just turned 10 this past month and within the last week or two, she has completely forgotten how to play. She cannot even tell the difference between G and C now. Obviously, both she and her mom are quite upset.
This happened once before in her life. When she was two, this girl was a fabulous artist. She could draw almost anything with tremendous detail. One day, she was no longer able to draw like that and has never been able to recapture the ability.
Have you run across this problem with other children on the spectrum? Is there anything we can do to "find" her piano skills? She is simply starting over from step one right now.
Michelle, this is very sad. I have never heard that this can happen to children unless they have taken a long break from their music. I HAVE seen massive regression in young children who have taken a year off from lessons, but nothing sudden such as what you describe.
I am not knowledgeable or qualified in any way to render a valid opinion about what has happened to her, but her loss of ability makes me think of how Alzheimer's sometimes works on the brain. I'm wondering if perhaps her parents should seek medical advice.
But if this is something that is not uncommon with kids on the spectrum, I would sure like to hear about it... Has anyone else encountered this situation?