Yummi is playing a special kind of wooden ocarina, called a PoNe, that I was given for our clients from the ocarina designer at the world congress of music therapy in Japan last month. This is a sensitive instrument which requires gentle breathing to make its natural, beautiful sound. This has increased Yuumi's ability to focus and be controlled with her breathing. PoNe has only two pitches, F and C, which are played by opening and closing a hole at the bottom of the instrument. The combination of these 2 pitches reminded me a Peruvian folk song, “El Condor Passa”. To me, it sounds like a condor flying above the mountains in Peru. Yummi and I played this tune, and we combined Yummi’s playing of the PoNe with some singing together.
Yummi has autism and has some difficulty in communication and expressing her feelings. However, this lovely little instrument seemed to be an effective medium for her to communicate and express her joy.