Happy Saturday! It’s a beautiful day in central Illinois, so before I go out and enjoy it, I thought I’d write a quick post. Today I want to tell you about one of my students, Marissa. I work with her both in a group and individual setting, and she is such a joy! Marissa absolutely loves music, and is always eager to work with me. Her mom gave her a guitar for Christmas last year, so one of the things we’ve been working on is Marissa’s willingness to play her guitar, or at least let me play it. She loves the idea of it, and she likes to talk about it, but she’d much rather just stick with my guitar – the one she’s used to already.

So I wrote a little social story song, complete with a picture book, to help open her up to using her guitar. Here is one of the pictures I included:

Isn’t it adorable? Marissa loves Dora and Boots. I also included pictures of the other instruments Marissa plays when she comes to music, and she loves looking at the pictures and singing the song. Here’s how it goes:

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Yesterday, Marissa allowed for me to take the guitar out of its case and even strum it a few times. But then she insisted that I put it away and we use the “old” guitar, so I adhered. It’s important that we take it slow, so that eventually she enjoys using her guitar. But we’re on the right track!

If you’d like to see the social story picture book in its entirety, just shoot me an email and I’d be happy to share. Enjoy your weekend!

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