Watching a child grow, learn and hit milestones is an exciting time for any parent, but never more significant than when the child has developmental delays. For families of children with special needs, even small steps can be enormous leaps.
This is a lesson Jacqueline Laurita has been learning first-hand, ever since her youngest son, Nicholas, was diagnosed with autism. She and her husband are determined to help Nick in every way they can, including early intervention, a special diet and even unconventional therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen treatment.
Nick is making promising progress. Jacqueline has been sharing his developments via Twitter: increases in his vocabulary, giving kisses to his siblings, reduction in “stimulation” behaviors such as spinning and excessive blinking.
Today, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star shared a video sure to win your heart. In it, Nick is playing a drum as his music therapist, Jennifer Pacht-Goodman, plays a song on her guitar. He does a great job of keeping up with the rhythm – he even clicks the sticks together like a pro!
Could we be seeing a budding musician here? Possibly! More importantly, he’s having fun and getting valuable help. Music therapy has been shown to help improve behavior, communication and socialization skills.
[Photo: via Twitter]
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