How music connected us to our daughter’s world – video and transcript
About this video
This video accompanies a story from Chloe’s dad, Wayne, which explores all the ways Chloe and her family have benefitted from the support received from Sense.
A young girl with blonde hair, Chloe, is playing the piano and singing. A lady playing a violin kneels next to her.
Wayne: Chloe loves rainbows and the only way I can explain is that she’s used the bridge from music and she goes over the rainbow into our world.
Chloe’s dad, Wayne, is talking to camera. He is wearing a red and black checked shirt and a black cap. The film cuts to a close up shot of Chloe’s hands playing the piano keys.
Wayne: It’s helped her find that link between the two, where she can be herself but show everybody else who she is at the same time.
Chloe’s mum, Laura, who has shoulder length red hair, is talking to camera.
Laura: Chloe has global developmental delay, sensory processing disorder and autism.
Chloe is playing on a yellow piano with a man, Tim, who is a Sense music artist. He is sitting next to Chloe, playing a drum to accompany her.
Wayne: We was always told that she might never talk and then two weeks later she came out with a sentence. She was told that she would be almost trapped in her own world, but the music has released that.
Chloe is exploring behind a large purple hanging curtain; she dashes to hide in the dark behind it.
Laura is talking to camera. She closes her eyes slightly as she remembers and describes her experiences.
Laura: We were very scared to be honest; we didn’t know much about it. Day-to-day life in the family, when we were at the start, was... It was very hard. Chloe was going through a very frustrating time. She was trying to communicate, but we didn’t understand any other form of communication, other than the spoken word.
Wayne dad is carrying Chloe in a big cuddle. She looks very peaceful.
Laura: I’d heard of Sense, but not that they dealt in, sort of, children with complex disabilities.
The next shot is of the Sense building where Chloe goes to play, the sign says ‘Sense Touchbase Pears’. Inside, Chloe is entering the music room with her mum, dad and two of her brothers. Chloe walks straight across the room to play the bright yellow piano.
Laura: The lady I spoke to was able to, almost understand fully Chloe’s needs and what groups would be best for her to join here. Chloe’s a different person since coming here.
Wayne is talking to camera. Then the film cuts to a shot of Chloe sitting playing the yellow piano. Tim, the Sense music artist, is carrying a drum as he comes to sit on her left. They play together a short moment and then clap. Another lady comes to join them, crouching down on Chloe’s right side. Chloe turns to her, and they all clap in applause.
Wayne: We came to a session at Sense and Tim was up in his playroom, where we are today, and he was doing a music session and from that moment on she connected with him. We know she’s enjoying the Sense music sessions as she can focus.
Chloe is playing the piano before she stops to clap and smile, encouraging everyone to applause.
Wayne: She relaxes and she calms really well. Music is an extension of her.
Chloe is kneeling on the floor playing a jigsaw puzzle game on a yellow sofa. Laura, her mum, is sitting on the sofa with her, and one of Chloe’s brothers is leaning over the back of the sofa to watch. He smiles as he sees Chloe put one of the pieces in the correct place.
Laura: It’s kind of opened up a gateway.
Chloe’s oldest brother is carrying her in a close embrace. Chloe’s arms are wrapped around her brother’s neck and they look very happy and peaceful.
Wayne: Since coming to Sense her relationship with her brothers… it’s increased tenfold.
Chloe’s brothers are playing on drum-like instruments on the floor.
Wayne: My boys have found a way, through music, to connect with Chloe.
Chloe is singing as she plays the piano. A lady playing a violin and singing kneels next to her. The camera slowly pans down to Chloe’s hands on the keys.
Wayne: Chloe’s had quite a few breakthroughs. We was doing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes and she copied me from start to finish. That was a very big moment.
Chloe is lying on the floor, smiling as she arranges some small colourful books in front of her. Wayne carries her across the room, they’re face-to-face and smiling. Wayne is slowly rocking Chloe from side to side as he spins her in his arms.
Wayne: We see the progress every day. With the help here at Sense and the way she’s progressing the sky’s the limit and we’re going to be there for the ride. Sense will be here with us too.
The scene fades slowly to white and two dots appear. Orange on the left and purple on the right. The dots spin around the screen then comes together in the centre, forming two hands with the letter S in the middle. This is the Sense logo. Text appears below the logo.
Sense. No one left out of life.