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Music makes a difference for Larry
Larry has had a difficult time with music therapy sessions in the past. Many different therapists have tried, but nothing seemed to work. He expressed himself in a way that indicated it was upsetting to him and he would refuse to participate.
We were all surprised and delighted to discover that Larry has responded amazingly well to the new music therapist’s style of teaching. Not only did he stay in the room for the entire session, he also began picking up instruments to play along! This is something that Larry had never done before.
By the end of the music therapy session, Larry was handed a drum; staff walked away as he played it! This is something we could not believe that he was finally participating in and seeming to enjoy. Larry has made incredible strides with this series of music therapy, and is now much more tolerant of loud noises and new faces in his room.
The music has finally found Larry. With persistence and using proven therapy techniques, music has become another tool in Larry’s tool box of communication.
Mark wanted a job stocking shelves in a store, preferably a grocery store. His quiet communication style and aversion to being touched made him an unlikely fit for working in high traffic retail establishments. But Mark really wanted a job and persevered until he got one with a well-known local company. Mark liked the work and things were going well until a customer unexpectedly tapped him on the shoulder, catching him off-guard and scaring him. Because of his intense reaction, the customer assumed Mark was being rude and filed a serious complaint with the manager. To save Mark’s job and keep his employer from losing a valuable employee, PAI took a two-step approach to resolve the problem. First, to help Mark compensate for communication deficits on the job, they purchased a small recordable photo frame that Mark wears next to his nametag. When he presses the tag, a pre-recorded message gives a brief description of Mark’s disability and what he will do to get the customer the help they need. Next, Mark and the staff worked on practicing his social skills. With practice, he was able to lower his anxiety when being approached by new people in a busy store environment. With help from PAI, five years later Mark is still working, smiling and providing the kind of service his employers expect and customers appreciate. He is also working at another job in a very busy grocery store, which has always been a dream job for Mark.
Kathy spent many years helping teachers with the reading programs at Webster Elementary School. In this photo, you see her assisting a young reader who is practicing her reading skills. Studies show that when children who are struggling to read recite to an enthusiastic listener, they improve much faster than if they continued to struggle on their own. Kathy dedicated much of her time and energy to help many young people overcome reading challenges over the years. Children in school knew her and waited for her praise, which was always there for them in ample supplies. After many years helping children, Kathy passed away. Her legacy is that no matter what her struggles were, she never forgot the kids. While Kathy was at PAI-Linden, we made sure to schedule time in the community that involved the kids at Webster. She made a huge difference in many young lives.