You wouldn’t think so, but I’ve seen proof.
A joyful, no-cost, and mainstream intervention that combines:
The power of music lighting up so much of the brain,
Social settings with other people,
Eye contact with the crowd,
Oh, John’s eyes were so shiny when he watched his very first karaoke song.
Sweet Caroline had everyone in the room chiming in.
Because Sweet Caroline (thank you, all the Neil Diamonds of the world) was in his 4th grade play,
and all the kids performed it.
(So he had prior knowledge and social joy already connected to that neural pathway, and that lit up his eyes!)
Recently, we took some kids to Friday night karaoke at our local Mexican food restaurant.
They loved it.
They monopolized the microphone.
(Please know the majority of this batch of kids have some version of neural-diverse sensory and learning issues.)
So, what if our kids of learning differences were tired of being sequestered?
What if they truly desired real life?
John proves this time after time, in many activities.
And specifically, in music also.
He loves Mixed Choir in intermediate school.
First day back after Thanksgiving week off, with jet lag:
No problem getting out of the house early this morning.
He said he “didn’t want to be the last kid to Choir” practice before school.
So, maybe this gives you some ideas for your home: What intrinsically motivates our children?
Do we waste that?
Peace be with us,
(thanks to PowerPoint Clip Art for the graphic.)