Earlier on this week I started making a list of the various ideas we have tried by way of 'activities' for S, as getting her outside is usually very stimulating for her but recent uncertain weather has made this difficult.
We decided to try the keyboard. It was amazing. She sat in front of it and played around for at least an hour and a half. We helped a bit for the first 5 minutes and then we left her to it. At first she was hitting several notes simultaneously but soon concentrated on single notes, leaving regular pauses. The effect was rather like the kind of musical sounds that might be used for a meditation tape or video. It was quite relaxing. The keyboard has many different voices and we had set one that sounded like this anyway but the pauses she left between the notes she played added to the effect. I should say that she has never learnt to play a piano or any other musical instrument.
I would never have believed that such an activity would have lasted so long. Truly a revelation and we decided to see if this can become a regular activity. She has had another session two days later. Her daughter and an old family friend were equally amazed.
It's very easy, when so many attempts to engage a person have proved fruitless, to stop trying. This is a reminder that we should never do that.