Plateau in Academic Achievement

As students with developmental disabilities enter middle school, they may encounter a plateau in academic achievement. This should not, of course, stand in the way of their developing new interests and moving forward in other areas critical to life quality as they approach adulthood. If academics take a back seat, these students can focus on learning more age-appropriate communication, group and social skills, perceptual motor skills, leisure time and recreation options, basic career skills, and self-responsibility. The challenge for the music therapist is to recognize each student’s potential strengths and areas of need, and to work with teachers and other professionals to develop strategies that encourage that student to continue personal growth in spite of limited academic abilities.