Monday, November 15, 2010

A Pinkalicious Piano Performance

 

The Pinkalicious Cupcake
It got slightly mutilated on the way home from the store
Audrey participated in a piano recital on Saturday.  She had been in one before through a special needs program, but this was her first one hangin' with the normies.

We used a pink cupcake as her reinforcer/motivator/bribe.  We let her smell it and stim on the sight of it beforehand.  She was beyond excited:

"Cupcakes are my favorite treat for so many kids."
"The sprinkles are lavender.  That's a fancy word for light purple." (Source:  Fancy Nancy at the Museum)
"The flowers look Battery-Charged Blue, not Blue Lagoon or Raindrop Blue."  (Source:  Crayola Marker obsession)

I wrote her a social story to prep her for the big day.  It covered everything from describing the venue, to telling her to bow when she was through and clap for the others.  Just as important as her performing her song was her being able to behave and sit through everyone else's performance.

Here's a snippet of her reading the social story...you can see which part of it most excites her:




She ended up doing great on all counts.  The recital only lasted a half hour in total, and she did not "dance or run around" and actually seemed to enjoy watching the other kids play.  Her piece was "Nocturne" by Chopin:




OK, so I didn't make it clear that she had to stand up before she bowed.  I can't think of everything.  Then, finally, after a grueling 10 minute drive back home, she got her just desserts...

Ooooooooohhh yeaaahhhhhh

32 comments:

  1. Yea, Audrey! That was actually really good. And who needs to stand while bowing?

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  2. Calm, poised, talented, and definitely deserving a cupcake - just like her mother!!!

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  3. OMG tears are blurring my eyes. You have the most awesome kid ever! After mine of course. :)

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  4. Audrey's dobbleganger goes to social skills with Katie..ha. Freaking me out! And she was fantastic!!! Katie just started piano and loves it! Looks like she thoroughly enjoyed that cupcake...ha.

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  5. Nice job Audrey! Hope you treated yourself to something special too :)

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  6. OK, so I know Audrey was the one who performed. But you helped. Congratulations to you both! Now go have yourself a lavender cupcake!

    Barbara

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  7. yay Audrey! I know you must be so proud :)

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  8. ok I'm crying right now. thanks a hell of a lot, way to go lynn - i just did my makeup. that first video of her reading the social story - audrey's little voice is so sweet and adorable - cutest thing ever, i love her little voice, so adorable. that chopin song is perfect - she played beautifully. i know you are so proud of her. i am and i don't even know her.

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  9. I can't believe it, but I think this is the first time I've ever heard her voice. I love that sweet little voice!!!!

    She was fucking awesome! Kick ass!!!

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  10. great post! so inspiring. did you see my post about the piano? do you think I should try to start the lessons for the juju? is it something audrey really enjoys? maybe juju's still too young...anyway, the post was great thanks. xxx

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  11. That was great!
    She played beautifully, and seemed to enjoy it as well.
    Go Audrey!!

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  12. Hanging with the normies. He he.

    She was awesome and adorable! At the piano and eating the cupcake. Bowing - not so much.

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  13. I liked her bowing! That was great. She's quite the piano player too! She definitely earned that wonderful cupcake!

    Go Audrey!

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  14. What an awesome post. Seriously, Audrey did an amazing job at the piano, and so did you for doing all that work to prep her so she could be successful! I hope you got a pink cupcake too!

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  15. Audrey did such a great job, and I think standing up to bow is just so ordinary. The social story and prepared reinforcer was perfect (well, almost) as evidenced by her performance and the joy with which she dove into that pinkalicious cupcake with lavender sprinkles and blue flowers. You deserve a giant cupcake yourself for your hard work, or at least a chance to take a bow.

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  16. What a fantastic job. Very cool that you have these moments on video. I think it will be fun for you to look back at them when she is older!

    Love the cupcake!

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  17. Wow....that's fantastic! She is absolutely adorable. It was great seeing Audrey's little personality shining through :) Bravo!

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  18. Beautiful. On all counts. What a great lesson in how to prepare spectrum kids for a new experience, and the rewards thereof. I'm so impressed. Oh, and the kid did good too. Heh.

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  19. How adorable, you did a great job getting her ready and it looks like it paid off, yay Audrey!!

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  20. Bravo!!! You have to be very proud of her! I'm so glad you document all of this! You'll look back on all this and just laugh! And cry.

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  21. Fantasy........accomplished! Actually you probly could put a few in the win column this time.... Read and followed directions perfectly(check),cutest kid at the recital(check) -I don't need to see the other rugrats- I just know. And finally....kicked piano recitals ass(CHECK!)

    This was so fun to watch. So how does a BFF and her mom get seats at the next recital? Ticketmaster?

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  22. It was so beautiful ... seeing/hearing her play the piano so beautifully, imagining how happy you must be, holding the camera during a "normie" event -- it choked me up too. Audrey is just amazing. So very smart. So talented. So beautiful. I know you are so proud of her :-)

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  23. Oh, she is adorable with her proclamation and accompanying squeal of delight at the end of the first video. That pink cupcake does look tasty!!

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  24. Squish.

    (Damn good job on that social story, too.)

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  25. Oh, that was precious! I think the bowing was my favorite part :)

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  26. I know you get about 150 comments a day now but just want to say thanks for posting those videos. Watching Audrey love that cupcake during her social story was awesome.

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  27. Thata was great!! She plays the piano beautifully! And the bow WAS priceless.

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  28. That last picture is possible the most awesome picture ever. That is one hell of a cupcake!

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  29. She is so adorable...ummm..how do you handle piano "practice"..not the getting her to..but the playing? We had trombone here last year-just looking at other mothers methods of keeping sane..

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  30. Thanks to everyone for the cyber cupcakes for me! I do deserve one dammit!

    @kathleen: are you implying that your kiddos playing is less than enjoyable and melodious? Luckily Audrey plays pretty well...with her it's the repetition that can drive you nuts. "Love Me Tender" got old after the 10,000th time.

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