Let the Fun Begin!
Since 1996, Perfect Praise, Inc. has functioned to teach piano and guitar for students of all ages. We began to see that Perfect Praise’s preschool piano curriculum, authored by Michael and Denie, had amazing impact on the brains, and thus the lives of children with autism and other special needs, and the non-traditional approach, worked wonderfully with children on the spectrum.
In 2012, autism was a hot topic in the media. Denie purposely watched a well-known morning talk show that was broadcasting a various autism therapy every weekday that April. Denie made a point to watch every episode, anxious to see WHEN (not if) they were going to feature the power of music. On the last day of the month, their broadcast was about ‘tennis therapy’.
Once again they overlooked the power of music. How’s come no one was experiencing, or at least talking about, the amazing breakthroughs that we were experiencing first hand?
Frustrated, Denie fought back by writing a book, Music Helps Autism, publishing it March 2013.
The Board of Directors of Perfect Praise Projects, our non-profit corporation, helped her organize and conduct an authentic Music and Autism Case Study the summer of 2013. The results were phenomenal (See report below). Assured that the media would now be very excited to learn of the success, Denie sent the Music Helps Autism book and the Music and Autism Case Study Report out to media, both local and national. One local newscast picked up the story, but no one else. Most of her reports and manuscripts were returned unopened.
We decided at that time, that we had more work to do, as for some reason, we were the ones called by the Lord to do it.