Keith & Ryan
Keith and Ryan are identical twins, both diagnosed with autism and cerebral palsy, but they cannot be any more different in music. They came to music therapy with their mother, Tess, under the recommendation of an anonymous sponsor, who offered the boys music therapy sessions for a total of 15 weeks.
Keith, being the older of the two, took to the music immediately. He would indicate his favourite instruments by pointing and he showed great interest in the drumkit. As he grew more comfortable with the space, Keith's musicality emerged through his loud singing and vigorous instrumental play. It was clear that Keith enjoys music therapy and he tries extremely hard in every one of the challenging activities. His progress was astounding and his development improved in leaps and bounds.
Ryan, the younger of the two and heavily relied on his brother and mother. Initially, he came into music completely unmotivated and his condition was also significantly more severe than his brother, so it was extremely difficult for him to hold on to even the lightest drumstick. He is also non-verbal and had a hard time communicating his needs and wants. It took time, but now he’s completely opened up and interacts freely with us. He can often be seen clapping and laughing, and just recently, started to vocalise a bit in his sessions. We can’t wait to hear Ryan use his voice in words and songs!
Both boys are wonderfully musical in their own ways, and through music therapy sessions, we can see what a difference it makes to not just their social and developmental skills, but their overall wellbeing.
We look forward to continuing the music therapy journey with Keith and Ryan and seeing them continue to grow and develop.