6/13/07 Wednesday Session #1 (CD #1)
couldn"t tolerate the headset. I stopped the CD and her mother,
Sharon, and I wrapped her in a sheet in papoose style. Sharon had to
straddle her while Sydney was lying on the floor of the treatment
room. She bucked, kicked, and flailed her arms. She also tried to
pull the headset off by using her hands and a strong jerking head
movement. Sydney managed to get 28 minutes of the 30 minutes even
though she screamed loudly nearly the entire session. She clearly
enjoys music as exhibited by her choice of a musical toy that
entertained her while sister, Nikki had her AIT session.
problem is the headset
drive down from Richmond in the family car, checking into a hotel and
the difficult first session made me decide to cancel the second
session for the day. The family enjoyed the indoor pool and Jacuzzi
at Embassy Suites.
reported that Sydney slept through the night and didn't wake up even
when her alarm clock went off at 6 AM.
Thursday Session #2 11 AM (CD #2) 11:00 AM
Sydney entered the treatment room
with no complaints, but began whining when she saw the AIT equipment
and the sheet we used the previous day to "papoose" her. She
cried and screamed most of this session, but the crying was softer
and her legs were still for the most part. Once again I had to hold
the headset on her ears. I suggested that Sharon immediately give
her a food reward and she chose a juice box.
6/14/07 Thursday Session #3 (CD #3) 5:00 PM - Breakthrough
Sydney whimpered slightly upon
entering the treatment room. She was papoosed again, but was much
calmer. SHE DIDN'T CRY THE ENTIRE SESSION. I did massage her head
during this session. She did make eye contact even though I was
holding the headset and she saw me upside down.
Sydney only tried once to get the
headset off. Most of the session I didn't have to hold the headset
to her ears. Sometimes it appeared that she was humming to the music
she was hearing.
After her session, she was able to
sit quietly in Sharon's lap. Sydney loves music!! Immediately she
looked for the drum machine she had played with the previous day. (
It was a surprise that she could sit so calmly after having to be
completely still during her 30 minute session.
Friday Session # 4 (CD #4 ) 10:00 AM
Sharon commented that Sydney slept
a straight 12 hours. She appeared a little sleepy this morning.
Sydney cried softly the first 5 minutes of the session. I did not
have to hold the headset on her ears. At times she seemed to be
listening to the music as she moved her eyes thoughtfully. The last
2 minutes of the session she whined. I rubbed her temples throughout
the entire session.
Aftter the session she immediately
went for the drum machine. Sydney was very calm and sat quietly in
the swing. She was reluctant to leave my house and the swing in the
patio area even when her sister, Nikki's session was over.
Friday Session #5 2:00 PM(CD #5) (Papoosed in a sheet)
Cried 4 to 5 minutes and then
suddenly stopped. Cried short intervals throughout the session.
Sydney didn't try to take off the headset.
Sharon's parents stopped her hotel
and her mother said that Sydney played with him more than ever
Sharon and Nikki went out together
for about an hour while Sydney and Dad were together.
6/16/07 Saturday Session #6 2:00 PM (CD #6) (Papoosed)
The family went to the beach and I
first discovered that Sydney received the AIT much better when she is
tired out from physical exertion. It was decided that the 2:00 PM/
6:00 PM was the best schedule for Sydney
6/16/07 Saturday Session #7 7:00PM (CD #7) (Papoosed)
Sydney seemed to tolerate this
session without crying. I believe that her father's visit was a
help to her today. She got a little restless about 2 minutes before
the end of the session.
6/17/07 Sunday Session #8 6:00 PM (Father's Day) (CD # 8 )
Today went to Buckroe Beach and
for the first time in her life she had a swim at the beach. In the
past she has been afraid to do so. Also another first is the fact
that Sydney watched a cartoon on television with her dad, Dave.
I have discovered that Sydney
attends to the therapy after she is physically tired out.
Sydney had a very good session!!
No crying! Sydney was very playful. She said, "Mama" very
clearly while looking at Sharon. She laughed out loud several times.
She also stretched out her arms to Sharon and as Sharon leaned over
her, Sydney hugged her mother very affectionately for a long time
until Sharon broke the hold.
#9 Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 6 PM (Still papoosed)
When Sydney arrived for this
session she was visibly tired after having had a swimming session
with the family at the indoor pool at the Hampton Embassy Suites.
Very good session! Once again no
crying! I tried the tapping Codices of Body Talk. This seemed to be
very soothing. Sharon took some pictures of Sydney laughing during
the AIT session. The flash of the camera didn't startle her at
all. Her legs were very active and I did some foot reflexolgy.
This also seemed to be enjoyable
to Sydney. When the session was over, she was wasn't anxious to
leave the treatment room as she did in the first several sessions.
Eye contact continues to improve!
Sydney will be able to sit in the treatment chair without being
6/18/07 Monday Session #10 (CD #10) 2 PM
Sydney appeared tired from a
morning at the beach. The temperature today is in the low to mid
90's with high humidity. Sharon reported that Sydney clearly said
"Nikki" and maybe "swim" which was not definite.
I allowed Sydney to play the drum
machine a few seconds prior to treatment. She whined a little, but
willingly allowed me to put on the headset. The pillows and sheet
were already on the floor.
We were able to open the sheet and
allow Sydney to be unwrapped for the first time since treatment
began. Sydney hugged her mother and it sounded to me like she said
"I love you." She laughed out loud several times and seemed very
happy until about the last 2 minutes when she cried. The music
playing at that time was a piano/trumpet duet.
Sydney sat on the coach in my den
and very nicely played the drum machine. She discovered that she
could press the buttons of the drum machine with her feet. She
attempted to stand on the couch and dance to the music. The couch
was too soft for her to maintain balance.
During the time that I was
treating her sister, Nikki, she walked over to my business partner,
Conrad Sugar and sat on his lap and "invited" him to play the
drum machine with her.
6/18/07 Monday Session #11 ( CD # 11) 6 PM
Sydney arrived looking very tired.
She had just had her afternoon swim in the pool as has become the
daily routine. Sharon reported that she was sitting poolside and
talking to another women when Sydney came over to her and began
jabbering. Then unassisted, she walked over to the Jacuzzi and got
in by herself. Her self-confidence is growing daily.
The session can best be described
as a funfilled event. Sydney had loud outbursts of laughter. She
played a teasing game of trying to take off her diaper while
diverting out attention by smiling and gigling. This give and take
carried on for at least four exchanges.
There was no cyring, but much
vocalization which I believe was Sydney's attempt at singing. True
to form she became restless at the last two minutes of the treatment.
Sydney now heads for the couch in
the den while she plays the drum machine. When she got off the couch
she was patient enough for Sharon to read the summary of each of her
treatment sessions. The new trick of playing the drum machine with
her feet was carried out in the kitchen. I took hold of her hands
and we actually "danced" to the music. Sharon had the camcorder
running and took some very good footage.
Sydney generally seems happier and
willing to learn new things. She is beginng to develop a
"personality" exhibiting an interplay with the people around her.
6/19/07 Tuesday Session #12 (CD #12) 2 PM
Sidney seemed very tired today.
The heat index was 100 degrees. Perhaps this made her a little
cranky. She cried off and on throughout the session. The routine
of looking for the drum machine continued as soon as she left the
treatment room. Sydney is beginning to be able to sit for a while and
6/19/07 Tuesday Session # 13 (CD # 13) 6 PM
Sharon said Sydney was very
independent about going into the pool by herself.
Tonight we switched the order of
treatment. Nikki went first and Sydney sat on the couch beside
Sharon and played the drum machine allowing Sharon to read the manual
from the DAN Conference. I made the comment to Sydney "you're so
cute" and most appropriately she smiled and posed as if to say I
know I'm cute. I am seeing more and more of this appropriate
behavior. I truly believe she is starting to understand a lot of
After her treatment I asked Sydney
to open the kitchen door and she put her hand on the knob. She left
her hand in place as I placed my hand over hers to turn the knob.
Also Sydney is beginning to babble
a lot and I believe it is the beginning of her ability to talk. At
times she exhibits appropriate head gestures to accompany the
There was a lot of crying again
for this session, but there were times when she also smiled and
laughed. I still believe that having to lie still for 30 minutes is
the problem and not the music.
6/20/07 Wednesday Session # 14 (CD # 14) 2:00 PM
Sharon took the girls to Ross' and
walked through the book section. Sydney spotted a Barney book and
said "book" and "Barney." Sharon reported that Sydney was so
excited about seeing Barney. Sharon bought her the Barney book and
read it to her while she waited for her sister's treatment.
I tried to hold Sydney on my lap
for the session, but she is not ready for this yet. We are still
wrapping her papoose style. She cried throughout the session, but
for very short periods of time. Often she goes from a cry to a
laugh instantly. I still believe it is the fact that she has to lie
still that makes her cry. She is just fine as soon as she can stand
When her session is over, she
immediately looks for the drum machine.
6/20/07 Wednesday Session # 15 (CD # 15) 6:00 PM
Sharon remembered that she had a
plastic drumstick in the car. In the past tapping on Sydney with
this stick soothed her. It is indeed a strange phenonmenon, but
this technique helped Sydney get through this session a lot easier.
Once again Sydney played with the
drum machine. Sharon noticed that the drum machine had a pair of
plastic drumsticks affixed to the back of it. I planned to use one
or both of them on the next day's treatment.
6/21/07 Thursday Session #16 (CD #16) 2:00 PM
The weather today was perfect so
the Hughes family went to Buckroe Beach this morning before the
treatment. Sydney arrived in a very good mood.
Sharon and I played with her while
Nikki had her treatment first. There had been no time for lunch
before arriving, so I had no way of knowing whether Sydney was hungry
or not. She was thirsty and drank some of her mother's iced tea and
We both used the drumsticks to tap
on Sydney during her session. The third drumstick went into
Sydney's mouth. Throughout the session she giggled often and did
not cry at all.
6/21/07 Thursday Session #17 (CD # 17) 6:00 PM
Nikki took the first session
again tonight. Sharon, Sydney, and I played out on the patio. Sydney took on a game of teasing me. I would call her over to the
swing, she would touch the edge of the swing and then quickly return
to her mother's lap. Sydney clearly knew what she was doing.
Sydney's session was again a
laughing, happy one. We used all three of the drumsticks again and
Sydney seemed to really enjoy her session.
Sydney is beginning to learn how
to hold a drumstick and tried to hit the drum pads with a drumstick.
With a little practice, she will easily be able to play specific
I suggest that you try to teach Sydney how to hold one drumstick with
the dominant hand and then teach her to use the other hand.
Eventually I believe that she will be able to hold both sticks and
play the drum machine. I would love to have pictures of this when
she is able to play the drums.
to not let Sydney wear headsets again for at least three months.
Friday Session #18 (CD #18) 10:00 AM
Sydney was told that she would be
going home to see daddy this afternoon. Sharon said that she was
excited. Sydney seems to be understanding a lot of conversation in
the last few days.
Nikki had the 1st session today. Sharon, Sydney, and I sat outside and talked. Sydney
walked up the backdoor steps and opened the storm door. She kept
looking back as if to ask permission to go into the house. After we
both told her it was okay to open the door she did so.
Immediately she went for the couch
where I had left the drum machine. I demonstrated to Sydney how to
hold a drumstick and beat on one of the sound pads. She was able to
do successfully. This will be good for her eye-hand coordination.
She had so much fun I believe that she was over stimulated by the
time her session began. She cried and continued to move her arms.
After several minutes of tapping her hands with the drumsticks she
calmed down. I suggested that she take the first session and allow
her to play later.
Friday Session # 19 (CD # 19 2:00AM
Sydney again had the second
session today. We tried to keep her as calm as possible. After I
set the equipment properly for Nikki, Sharon and I took Sydney for a
walk around my backyard. The wind was blowing and Sydney really
seemed to notice how good it felt against her skin. Sharon and I
sat in the swing, but it was obvious that Sydney wanted to play her
It is very clear that Sydney is
understanding oral instructions. Once again she walked up to my
backdoor porch. She opened the storm door and waited and looked at
Sharon and me as if to say come and open this door for me because it
is harder to turn. She also appeared to be waiting for permission
from me to enter my house. After I told her that she could go in,
she turned the doorknob easily and went directly to the couch to play
her drum machine.
This session was very stressful.
I believe that Sydney was anxious to go home and see her father and
was therefore very restless. Also Sydney recognized that there were
gaps of silence in the CD's as each new piece of music was
introduced. She has successfully learned that silence meant her
listening session was over and would reach up and remove the
and Observations of Sydney's Growth
- Sydney has grown both
emotionally and physically in her controled response to music.
- She has grown in her tolerance
for touch and the ability to signal "more" or "no more" in
response to touch without violence.
- Eventially she has initiated
touch toward her mother and a relative stranger. Equally important,
sometimes she touched in passing persons in the room without
premediatation, a very normal response.
- As her responses to music grew,
the rhythm machine and kazoos became very important as a follow-up
activity to the AIT sessions.
- I recommend such equipment as a
major part of either a late portion of a treatment session, or
(better yet) a reward after a session. It was at this time after
the sessions that her growth seemed clearest. Mrs. Soles will say
to Sydney, "Sydney you were so good while listening to your
special music, you may play the drum machine and dance with me. You
may also play the kazoo."
- Sydney looks upon music and
instruments as a reward for completing her sessions.
- She really
enjoys the freedom to make music on the drum machine.
- Rhythm is
very important to Sydney. Perhaps she will become a drummer.
- Sydney most definitely has showed me that music is the road to her
- The muscles in her face are more
relaxed and she has become prettier during the course of the
- Sydney now looks at an object,
rather than staring emptily at something.
At Sydney's last session she
touched a balloon on my porch and said the word, "balloon." I
believe that this process of "touch and speak" will continue to