Like all girls with Rett Syndrome, Claire loves music. We discovered that she loves rock music, especially with a strong dance beat. Her very favorite song is "Just Another Day" by John Mellencamp (an Indiana native!), and she even does a little dance to it!
Claire also gets a big kick out of hearing me change radio stations, and will giggle if I do it a lot.
We have a switch attached to a radio, so she can press the switch to hear music. It only plays for as long as her hand is on the switch, which usually isn't more than 5 - 10 seconds. Adding a switch latch would keep the music playing until she turned it back off by pushing the switch.
Michelle Lazar, MA, MT-BC, Autism Specialist/Music Therapist, offers some music therapy tips on her website.
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