When May began music therapy sessions run by Nordoff-Robbins, six months ago, my plans were ambitious. I am one driven mama and May is my toddler in a tiara (minus the tiara).
My goal? May would have fun, or we would stop. (Don’t you wish all corporate meetings opened with that as Item 1 on the agenda?)
May loves music. If all she did was enjoy herself, it would have been a success to me.
However, it doesn’t take a genius to know that things that bring us pleasure are great motivators. Back then, I made a wish list of outcomes I hoped music therapy would result in, that included:
- moving towards an object
- repeating sounds
- making new sounds
- participating in call and response (basic communication)
- looking towards objects
Here is a video of May, today, at her session. You be the judge. Has she improved in any of the above areas? (Watch this video from a session in November 2011 as a comparison.)