Does your student find music reading challenging, but has good sense of pitch and rhythm?
Forcing an auditory learner to start learning piano using the traditional method can set him/her up for failure.
There are different styles of learning and if you are faced with a student who finds reading music a challenge, re-adjust your method and use a primer book that teaches the student his way around the piano, rhythm basics, and the ability to play popular songs without the stress of music reading.
This simpler method lies within their reach, allowing them to feel a stronger sense of control in their learning experience. Not only has it contributed to building their self-confidence, but it has also alleviated the stress they previously faced with traditional note-reading methods, which had left them overwhelmed.