Loves That Sound

Charlie loves sound. I do not know if it is due to nature or nurture. Maybe, it is a little of both.

Her father and I both love music. Probably a little more than the average person. Her infatuation may be influenced by genetics.

Her short up bringing thus far may have played a part. When I was pregnant, I scaled back on my show attendance. I saw a few jazz concerts. After I was hospitalized and I knew she was coming extremely early, I played all of my music favorites for her. Once home from the NICU, she would soothe to jazz at night.

I thought it was my wishful thinking when I first had an inkling that she liked sound. My suspicions were confirmed when she was evaluated by developmental specialists. Every one of them independently noted that she liked or responded favorably to sound.

I have not had formal music training. I did not know how to use Charlie’s love of sound to help her grow and develop. I was unsure of how to proceed. I thought of the possibility of a toddler music class. I decided to look for one. Late one night, I browsed the internet to find a local music school to point me in the right direction. Instead of a direction, I found the answer.

After meeting with music school staff, I enrolled Charlie in music therapy. Charlie had her second session today and I could not be more pleased.

Most importantly, Charlie truly enjoys it.

From the therapy aspect, it helps her grow in many ways. First, is her sensory processing. She gets to hear and feel sound. Next, It helps with her motor skills because she is sitting, reaching, grabbing, and striking. Also, her hand eye coordination is further improved by playing instruments. Furthermore, singing and playing music helps develop the language center in her brain. Additionally, there is a problem solving aspect involved in playing simple instruments. Finally, it develops self confidence.

Music therapy has turned out to be better than I could have imagined. Charlie does not realize that it is therapy. All she knows is that she loves that sound.

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About Rebecca Wood

In May 2012, my pregnancy ended three and a half months early due to severe early onset preeclampsia. This is my collection of thoughts and media. It is an attempt to document and discuss our experience of navigating the post NICU world. View all posts by Rebecca Wood

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