Trinh Cong Son Scholarship

Trinh Cong Son Scholarship also focuses on raising the awareness of autism and the integral role of music and the performing arts in treating this condition.

  • Autism – Facts and Figures

Autistic disorder is defined as a neurodevelopment condition marked by social and communication problems. Autism affects the way a person communicates with and relates to other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. They often find understanding and communicating with others particularly difficult, which can leave them feeling isolated.

In Vietnam, children diagnosed with autism in 2007 was 50 times higher than in 2000. In 2014, there were about 200,000 documented cases of children with autism and the number is rapidly growing, according to the Asia-Pacific Development Centre on Disability (APCD). However, the country’s health system is still lacking experts and standard autism intervention programs. Many studies have also indicated a lack of awareness and understanding of autism by both medical professionals and the general population in Vietnam.

  • “Music To Support Children With Autism” Project

“Music releases autistic children from their chains” – Jessica Salter (The Telegraph UK)

There is no known ‘cure’ for autism. This does not mean, however, that nothing can be done for a person or a child with autism. Children with autism will be able to integrate into the community and make contributions to the society if their condition is detected early and treated in an appropriate way.

Among the various methods worldwide, music has been tested and proven to be an effective tool to treat autism. Music is shown to be an effective intervention for emotional recognition deficits in autism. It leads to recognizable improvement in communication/language and socio-behavioral skills of children with autism. A Google search with keywords “Help for autism with music” provides 30.5 million results.

Understanding the power of music and the arts, the Trinh Cong Son Scholarship, together with SOUL Music & Performing Arts Academy (SMPAA) and RedOne, multiple Grammy-winning producer, musician and songwriter, have joined hands in an inaugural project that uses music and the arts to support Vietnamese children with autism, to better their lives, and help them find their voices.

“Music To Support Children With Autism” project focuses efforts on:

  • Raising public awareness and recognition for autism.
  • Raising funds for Vietnam Association of Autistic Children.
  • Organizing networking events and seminars to share ways to support children with autism.
  • Hosting autism-friendly, interactive music classes and workshops to improve autistic children’s socialization, behavior, and communication skills.

For further information about this project, please contact TCS.scholarship@smpaa.edu.vn