Last week Johanne (Aidan's music therapist) phoned to ask if he could be filmed for a news report the next day. Short notice because it was being done in response to proposed funding cutbacks of the Success by 6 program in our province. Of course, I said yes - with one regret that I didn't have time to get my hair cut (vanity, thy name is Carol) .
Anyhow, just before filming, the station discovered that the funding would not be cut after all. Great news, but now they needed to change "the story." It became a general piece about the benefits of music therapy.
Aidan was a star, indeed he was. He was not shy in front of the camera, he played the instruments with gusto, he cheered, giggled, clapped, and had fun. I was so proud of him.
Johanne said something beautiful in the interview (I'll try to paraphrase): "we are trying to get the gap between the typical child and the child with challenges as small as possible to make it easier when they start kindergarten." I love Johanne - I have never met such a genuinely positive person in my life. Is it selfish of me to think of Aidan's music therapy as "OUR" music therapy? I hope not because I think I get as much out of it as he does.
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