Special Needs Department
The Special Needs Department at CLC offers services to students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Our programs have benefited high functioning students diagnosed with autism, Asperger syndrome, Down syndrome, ADD, ADHD, and hearing or visual impairment. Students are placed with experienced and capable special needs teachers for group classes and private lessons.
Ms. Jacqueline Conlin is our certified music therapist and special needs instructor for Soaring! -- a program for special needs students that meets on Saturday afternoons to learn about music in a fun, supportive and interactive environment. Community performances and participation in local festivals and events are a highlight for our students and lend opportunities for Special Needs participants to collaborate with students from other CLC departments. Read more about Ms. Jacqueline below!
Jacqueline Conlin, M.ED; CMT; CSNI - Music Therapist
Jacqueline Conlin has taught Suzuki Method Piano in her private studio in Houston, Texas since 1982. Using the principals of Music Mind Games, she has taught Music Theory group classes to music students in the Preparatory Departments at Houston Baptist University, The University of Houston, Texas Southern University and The University of St. Thomas as well as at Suzuki workshops in Texas and Louisiana. Jackie earned a piano performance degree from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music and became a Registered Music Therapist-Board Certified through studies at DePaul University in Chicago. She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Texas Tech University with a focus on the empirical practices of Music Therapy for deaf and hard of hearing students. Jackie has developed music programs in both public and private schools for a variety of student populations. She has worked with a broad spectrum of special needs students from the auditory and visually impaired to those on the austitic spectrum. Jackie has been a music theory instructor and music therapist at eh University of St. Thomas, Houston Baptsit University, Aldine ISD, and various other schools in Virginia and Maryland.