CHARLES CITY, Iowa - Finding ways to motivate students with disabilities can be a challenge, but local teachers at Charles City Middle School are using instruments and music to help.
"I can do a good job in music class and I’m a good leader,” says Chayz Sachen, a student at Charles City.
Sachen is one of nine students in the adaptive music class.
Music teacher Renee Boss teaches the students twice a week on how to use the instruments.
"I feel that music should be a part of everyone's daily life, and the fact that this music is a part of these kids' routine and that it brings enjoyment and happiness for everybody but also the adults."
And as a mother of a child with a disability, this class hits close to her heart.
"We noticed that this was something that she always benefited from, which was some sort of music therapy,” says Boss.
Boss isn't the only mother noticing a difference. So is mother Andrea Levigne.
Her son, Noah, has autism and has seen a huge improvement since starting this class.
"He’s grown - I can tell that with learning and even with communication and other stuff ... he's blossomed."
In fact, she says she plans to introduce Noah to other music activities outside of the classroom.
"He wants a keyboard, actually. Hopefully grandma gives him a keyboard or one of us gets him a keyboard. We want to get him into piano lessons and stuff and he's in basketball right now."