It became a running joke with our family. We would be doing some random thing, and all of sudden we’d hear “Blue eyes, baby’s got, blue eyes.” We would look at each other and quietly laugh. It was so cute! Liam did eventually find other music he liked too. LMFAO was a favorite. “I’m sexy and I know it.” Not exactly appropriate, but there’s no stopping Liam when he finds something he loves, so we’ll go along. Cheap Trick, of course. Dream Police is a favorite. The Beatles. of course, all of the songs from Sgt. Pepper.
Liam loves to play music and dance. One time I told him his dancing reminded me of “Maniac” from Flashdance. He kind of runs in place. So we played that scene from the movie, and he wanted to see that over and over again too, and dance along. He could get away with the one word, “she’s a MANIC, MANIAC” over and over. It’s a beautiful thing, to see your child who has worked so hard to learn every little thing in life, doing something that is fun and puts a smile on his face.
We observed therapy sessions in our home with Liam several days a week. The therapist would get close to Liam’s face so he would watch her, and she would speak words very slowly, one sound at a time. Liam would usually just stare at her, and it took some work to get him to repeat with any kind of sound. He was pretty quiet most of the time, unless he was crying over wanting something and not knowing how to communicate what it was he wanted.
I would find myself playing charades with him, holding up objects in front of his to see what he wanted. Sometimes I hit on it, sometimes I didn’t. I worried so much about how frustrating it was. He didn’t know how to tell me if he was hungry or thirsty, or if he didn’t feel well, or he was just tired.
But I did find that I had picked up techniques from observing therapy. Sometimes it helped to just slow down and keep the words very simple and direct. I realized he could understand a lot more of what I said than I gave him credit for. He was taking it all in, and eventually he would use it. And I was sort of laying the groundwork for what would eventually become a journal for the song themes for “Rock Your Speech”, and for learning how to teach Liam.
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