Asako has been working with children and adults with autism and other special needs since 1997.  Asako received her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas in 1996, and has been offering music therapy and adapted music lessons to students with autism.

Asako has a daughter with autism whose speech is limited.  Through RPM, Asako’s daughter has become able to show her intelligence.  After witnessing the power of RPM, Asako attended Soma’s RPM introductory course and completed the post-requirement in January 2016.  She provides RPM lessons to non/low verbal students with autism.  Asako has also held RPM workshops in Japan.  Asako co-translated Soma’s book Understanding Autism Through RPM into Japanese.