Since I began working with Kirby over a year ago, he has shown great progress in developing conversational skills. Although Kirby gets a lot of interaction from his caretakers, the interactions enhanced by music encourage him to reciprocate conversations. Through our sessions, he has learned that his responses influence my actions. Typically, I will pause to allow Kirby to finish the musical phrase of a familiar song. If he does this, then I continue to play the song to indicate that he has responded correctly. The following video shows this process in action, including Kirby’s excitement as he communicates with me effectively.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with Kirby