Along the lines of something fun after 4 months of one on one therapy we decided to have Bilal do music therapy. He loves singing and humming and takes after his father with his musical ear and right tone. He sings a lot of children’s songs pretty well, just off on lyrics either mispronouncing them, or just humming instead of saying the words. Recently he’s started signing along to the radio with me during our drives to and from therapy a mix of songs from the 80s, 90s and today. This music center had free introductory classes at the public library and I went and met with them. They offer music classes to babies 3 months – 10 years. Two weeks before classes were to begin I went and met with the music therapist, we discussed Bilal’s strengths and weaknesses, what we’d like to achieve and had a short mini-lesson as example to what we’ll cover once we begin. Bilal enjoyed the class and was looking forward to start. She will write out a goal sheet similar to an IEP to cover in the next 8 weeks as a winter session with an option for another 8 week session as spring term. This class is different as it is a class with other special needs children (social skills) and also their mothers, something we could do together that’s fun and educational.
As with all of Bilal’s classes or therapies they have a chart of activities to be covered. They start out with a Hello song, the therapist asks the child how they’d like to say hello, would they like to wave, or clap or stump their feet? this encourages speech, communication and decision making. There is a story to act out (imagination, movement), instruments to play, listening to different animal sounds from tape, moving to the speed of the music, following instructions, taking turns, etc… Bilal had a lot of fun, and with 2 other little hyper boys he had a blast being silly with them.
The only draw back to this is that it is a bit far, off in Cobb county and also Bilal is higher functioning than the other two boys so not much challenge in that with the same environment in school I’m not sure what to do, he needs a class with typically developing children, which at school might not be possible till kindergarten as he’s doing pre-k again next year due to a late September birthday. We’ll see how it goes and whether we’ll do the spring session as well or not.