Can you believe it? I'm actually writing on THE day I got to see Lauren. You'll see why and I have a little plan for a surprise for Miss. Lauren so I need to get the wheels in motion. For those of you that don't know, Lauren was VERY involved in music and was quite the singer/performer. She LOVES country music and Taylor Swift is a favorite. When I see Lauren at home, they often have music playing for her in the background.
At one of our first visits I asked Lauren if she would like to use music for some of our activities. The vigorous shake of her head and spelling of "yes" on her alphabet board let me know that this would indeed be a very therapeutic activity for her.
So, today was THE day for our "music therapy."
She actually met me at the library because she travels there to use the computer to work on some high school classwork she is doing. It was nice for her to be in a different setting and I know that our community enjoys getting to see her out and about. She was going for pizza after our visit and we had a long discussion about what she liked on her pizza...cheese...pepperoni but NOT onion (vigorous head shaking on that one).
Oh..I bet you want to know what happened don't you? I'm sure you are wishing I would have taken some video of what happened when I turned on the music....right?
WELL....FIRST we have to see/hear how well Lauren is doing with her /m/ words. Much.Much.Much improvement. So, I raised the bar a bit and we did final /m/ (a little more challenging) and we tried some two and THREE word repetitions (those were the pie in thy sky goal). Here's how she did.
Pretty awesome, right? So much stronger than last week and her breath support is improving nicely. Shortly after this "boring" work, I asked which musical artist she wanted to use for our next activities...without hesitation and quicker than I've EVER seen her spell out anything, she answered Taylor Swift...so I got YouTube up on my iPad and found a T.S song and here's what happened. Please, watch her face carefully...I think this is what JOY really looks like.
So...pretty amazing right? :) She remembered every word and was keeping time with T.S while mouthing. HUGE. Just wait though...there's MORE and I saved THE BEST for last.
and THEN...she even played some air guitar and did hand motions...(I wish the music would have been louder because you would have heard that she was once again right on cue.
To say that today was an amazing day is a huge understatement. Lauren LOVES Taylor Swift and so, I wanted to get this post written so I can Tweet her in the hopes that T.S will write to Lauren, send her a picture or make Lauren's dream come true by inviting her to a concert. :) I will probably even include Ellen Degeneres because she seems to have this way of making dreams come true.
"Pie in the sky?????" YES, but 4 weeks ago hearing Lauren vocalize ANYTHING was "pie in the sky" so I'm going for it. Feel free to Tweet them yourselves.
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