We also added percussion over the summer.
Ms. Melanie, our music teacher, devised unique ways to teach John proper form:
where to stand (duct tape on the floor),
where to put the drum stand (more duct tape),
how to hold the drum sticks (tape again, for fingers 1 & 2),
where to position the “piece of pizza” (basket & the little red hearts for Left & Right),
counting out the beats with and without a metronome.
She even made the little
stand-up cards of music.
Percussion doesn’t use the grand staff, but does count notes and rests.
All this is in
preparation for trying out for band.
What about singing?
John now shows up twice a week, before school, for Mixed Choir.
An adventure for someone with lagging expressive language.
For many years, John didn’t have out-loud sentences.
Now we do, and yet still lagging (so far, so far) behind, compared to his neuro-typical peers.
So, quite humorous that John is showing up for choir at school now.
I drive through, he jumps out of the car, and is off on his own,
following the flow of peers to the Choir Room, 7:45am.
Then he gets to (the right) class on time for morning announcements.
This Choir idea started last year when I heard John singing Christmas songs with his buddies at the restaurant table.
So, at the next opportunity, a new intervention for expressive speech: Choir.
I have paid $15 for a shirt.
$15 for a year?
Do you know how much speech interventions cost?
The bargain of the century!
Moving on to another intervention that is “free”, but will be harder than you think:
The patience to just watch, when our kids are having a manipulative hissy-fit?
And with a quick grin on his face.
(He’s just checking my boundaries, and if I still love him enough to hold them.)
So that you don’t think this happens only at your house,
the first response out of John’s mouth to anything is usually “NO!”
(That’s the pervasive developmental delays talking.)
My job at that moment is to have no response. No increase in blood pressure. No re-negotiation.
Maybe this gives you some ideas for music for your child.
It’s OK we have tape all over the floor.
It is there for the “moving from Middle C to E” game.
You can see the feet move from tape to tape.
Anything for teachable moments.
Peace be with us,