Neil's been having physical therapy, occupational therapy, cognitive therapy, speech therapy, and some occasional pet therapy. Today he had some music therapy. They took him into a small darkened room with a cool-looking lava lamp type thing and colors projected on the ceiling. Then they played some of his favorite music from our borrowed iPod. I think they had him throwing balls at the colors, and a few other low-stress activities. The best thing to come out of the session was his use of thumbs up and down.
A bit of background: although Neil is understanding quite a surprising number of things, he has been having trouble communicating yes or no. He hasn't been able to comprehend the meaning of, "if you want this, then give me a high five," or "if you don't want any more, then shake your head." He will give you a high five if he sees your hand up, no matter what you ask for. If you hold out two objects to choose from, he will undoubtedly choose the one on the right side. We have been trying "thumbs up for yes" since he was just opening his eyes in the ICU, but the concept seemed to elude him. We recently started to have a few inconsistent thumbs up responses, but I was surprised when the therapists said he was giving both thumbs up and thumbs down at appropriate times. I left for home this afternoon, shortly after his music therapy, but Scott confirmed that he showed adamant preferences for food at dinner tonight by using the afore mentioned digit. This is big folks--a huge breakthrough in communication!