The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #20958   Message #221560
Posted By: Sorcha
02-May-00 - 02:08 PM
Thread Name: Music and the mentally handicapped
Subject: RE: Music and the mentally handicapped
Let me tell you about Steve--he is about 40, and a resident of our Care Center/Nursing Home. Steve lived with his mother (who is now 80) until about 3 years ago. Steve is retarded/challenged, whatever you want to call ti, and severly spastic. He is wheelchair-bound, and LOVES music. When my group plays at his "house", Steve leads the whole group. He "sings", laughs, and dances in his wheelchair. He is a very affectionate person, and wants to hug us while we play. That only causes a few problems, because we take turns hugging and playing. This guy gets really wound up, and I have wondered just what the Staff does after we leave to calm him and how long it takes to get him to bed!! BUT, none of the Staff have ever suggested we cut our playing short so they can get Steve to bed. He is so precious, and all the Elder residents get a big kick out of the "Kid" in their midst.