A first-of-its-kind program is using a team approach to help kids and young adults with autism learn to communicate and build confidence through music.

In a twist on traditional music therapy, the program at the renowned Boston Conservatory pairs individuals with autism and music teachers in a one-on-one environment.

Instructors are prepared to handle the quirks and behaviors that participants may exhibit through consultations with disability specialists — including those skilled at music therapy, speech, special education and music professionals with autism.

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As a result, those who participate in the program are able to bond with their teacher while gaining a new voice for themselves.

The mother of one teen told The Boston Globe that after a year in the program her daughter, “transformed from a child constantly being left out and bullied, to a talented student that is full of life.” To read more click here.