Françoise Pierredon

Embracing Suzuki Parents

Sunday, January 29th, 2023 | 8pm EDT (7pmCDT)

Cost: Non-Suzuki Association of Indiana Members $10 | SAI members- FREE (Registration and payment below)

As Suzuki teachers, we have learned how to embrace children, help them with their challenges and support their strengths. We often however find ourselves struggling with their “Suzuki parent”, having difficulty managing our expectations and our frustrations. How can we become as supportive to them as we are to the children? How do we make room for them without becoming judgmental? Are they “co-teachers” or students? How can we find ourselves looking forward to seeing them as much as we look forward to seeing the children? We will explore these questions together and start looking for ways to grow. Françoise Pierredon has been working over the years with many caregivers both as a Suzuki teacher and as a child psychotherapist and will be honored to address these questions with you.


Françoise Pierredon received degrees in piano performance and clinical psychology in Paris. Her work with children with autism led her to study with Dr Suzuki and Dr Kataoka in Matsumoto, Japan, where she graduated from the Talent Education Institute. She has been a teacher trainer for the Suzuki Association of Americas since 1984, teaching in various settings including an inner-city school, and at institutes in the United States, France, UK, Australia, Canada and Mexico. After getting a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2005, she started working as a psychotherapist, most recently at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the Therapeutic Interagency Preschool Program, and at the International Adoption Center where she specializes in the treatment of psychological trauma with children and their caregivers. As a teacher her approach is centered on teaching students according to their needs and learning styles, nurturing both the ability and the desire to learn, and having a supportive and collaborative partnership with parents.

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