爱英语 2020-06-27 09:56:33
I had been teaching myself to play Moonlight Sonata during my pregnancy but abandoned it after the birth of my son.
He was diagnosed with "moderate to severe" autism at 2 and had acquired a vocabulary of only about 20 words by 3 1/2. We communicated very well with our family members' spoken language, a little sign language, and his picture system.
On this particular evening, I sat down to play the piano for the first time since his birth. About 3 minutes into Moonlight Sonata, he rushed downstairs and stood mesmerized at the piano. He then asked, as sweet and clear as a bell, "What's that music? It has colors!" This was his first coherent sentence, and with words we never knew he had -- or even dared to hope he would have. We were stunned and thrilled and amazed.
He's matured into a shy, expressive, typical young adult, albeit with synesthsia (sound to color), perfect pitch, and a love of heavy metal guitar.