Music to Any Ears (#448)

Standing at the top of the stairs in a straight line diagonally above the front door, Charlie called out to his ABA therapists:
“Thank yoo!”

Unprompted. At just the right moment. Clear and loud.

The therapists and I looked up at him, then at each other, smiling so broadly we started to laugh. I could just hear one therapist—she has worked with Charlie for over a year, and seen him through some hard times, was there when he did his intake to get into the private autism school he used to attend—saying something about “…’m going to cry” as the door closed.

They had done sight-word reading and activity schedule and speech and language drills. They had practised having Charlie get out of the bed at the sound of an alarm (it is not the waking up part that is hard, but actually getting Charlie out of the bed). It was magic to hear Charlie say that “thank yoo!”, after hard and patient work—-same as when Charlie puts his index finger on the keys of his keyboard in the sequence indicated by the sheet music before him.


At just the right moment.

Clear and loud.

Music, music, music.

8 Responses to “Music to Any Ears (#448)”
  1. Steve says:

    Oh how I love unprompted words. They come from nowhere, from the great unknown, and on their breath arrives a wonderful hope.

    Great job, Charlie!

  2. tara says:

    Charlie just made my day!!

  3. For some reason that made me teary. You’ve gotta love those unprompted moments that are just perfect and definately music to the ears. *grin*

  4. Mamaroo says:

    Hooray for the unprompted “thank you”!!! May there be many more! And another Hooray for the piano playing. I love to read about the music you are hearing.

  5. That is the BEST!!!! Tears of joy. Way to go Charlie. I know you are full of joy Kristina!!!

  6. Meg says:

    MMM, I have the warm and fuzzies.

  7. Charlie’s words left me speechless yesterday.

  8. kyra says:

    yipee! i am CHEERING for charlie! that is so wonderful!!!

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