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Music Therapy: Benefits and Our Experience

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Marcus has always been a performer in addition to a creator. The microphone is his instrument of choice. In his teen years and early adulthood, he often enjoyed going to Karaoke Nights with our friends. His specialty songs included Harry Belefonte’s “Banana Boat Song” and The Blues Brothers, “Soul Man,” among others. And, as you may know, in 2015 with the book launch of Black Day: The Monster Rock Band,

2024-03-03T09:14:09-06:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: |0 Comments

Out with the Old, In with the Love

Ok Kids, January/Februaries have been rough on me the last, say…several years, with huge loss and hardships.

This year, I have had some stupid, rough days and am also trying to recover from influenza. Which kicked me in the a**.

Plus, I’m just going to get this off my chest, it was 5 years ago today my mother died. Her end-of-life was…tough, pretty bad actually, and I still haven’t really recovered.

So, obviously, I’m having a “stress test” today and writing/posting much of this

2024-02-26T15:48:47-06:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Here we Go – 2024!

Happy New Year!

I’m starting 2024 with a bit of a free-write update for our friends who are keeping track.

Back in 2013

Marcus and Mardra Sikora smiling for selfie.It was upon the advice of the internet that I named this website mardrasikora.com, however, the overwhelming reason for most visits, is to check out the life, day-to-day and otherwise of Marcus Sikora. (My adult son with Down syndrome.)

This Year’s Holiday

So, let’s talk about Marcus at the family and friends over the holidays. He’s a

Some of the Marcus Equation

When you have a child with an intellectual disability the tests come early and often. Medical tests, intervention tests, IQ tests.

IQ tests are the worst.  On the parents.  I’ll never forget Marcus’ first IQ test when he was maybe three or four years old. He communicated mostly with action/expression and sign language. But not that day, well I take it back...he was clearly communicating, just not compliant. An important differentiation that, as his mother, I could see but the Ph.D. in the room clearly could not, Or would not.

At one point, the psychiatrist held before Marcus a doll with

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