Co-founded by Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson and his wife Alison, Rock Your Speech uses rock music to help children with autism spectrum disorder learn to communicate.
To create awareness and to help people with autism, a benefit concert will be held on December 2 at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theater, featuring Cheap Trick and an all-star line up of guest musical acts, including the Dandy Warhols; the Empty Hearts (featuring members of the Cars, Blondie, the Romantics, and the Chesterfield Kings); Red Kross; and Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde. Petersson’s Rock Your Speech band will also be there as well as actors Ed Asner and Billy Bob Thornton. Proceeds from the show will go to both the Autism Society of America and Rock Your Speech, who are partnering together for that evening.
Thank you to all of our advocates out there!!
Rock Your Speech, Vol. 1 whose songs were produced by Petersson, employs actual rock music – not necessarily the gentle, kiddie-type of sounds that are generally prevalent in children’s music. The lyric videos that are on the Rock Your Speech website, such as the catchy “I’m Going Places” and “Blue”, not only show the words but also demonstrate to kids how those words are formed and mouthed.
For more information on Rock Your Speech, visit www.rockyourspeech.com