MUSIC “MIRACLE” CURE?

I love music. That’s no secret seeing as I have written concert reviews and my thoughts on music in general on this blog. I have said in the past that music has a certain mystical quality to it that can unite people. Now apparently it can help low-verbal people with Autism communicate. Cue the article I just read today. As usual, I attached a link to the article. In a nutshell, the article stated that a 4 year old boy with Autism in Minnesota spoke in just very short phrases. The article said the boy, Daniel, started humming and singing a song called Old Town Road by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus. According to the article, it was so incredible because “due to Daniel’s Autism, it took him months to just learn the first letter of the alphabet.” I personally am not a fan of this song, but I think it does show just how impactful music can be on people. I personally grew up learning Beatles songs, but started off listening to Raffi. But hey, to each their own. I think it’s really cool that Daniel learned to speak in coherent sentences through song. That’s a neat and, to me, almost novel concept. Maybe that’s how we should start teaching our Autistic brethren how to communicate…by playing them music. I mean, how awesome would it be communicating just by song lyrics? I am not saying their whole conversation should be in song lyrics, but progress from that. Teach them a song and pound it into their heads and take it from there. Music is such a huge part of my life and has had such a massive impact on me. Clearly, I am not the only person on the Spectrum whose life has been changed by music. I mean, this kid SPOKE from just one song! THAT’S AMAZING! Maybe I misspoke when I titled this “Music Miracle Cure” but it is a milestone in this family’s life. I hope to God I read more articles like this because it is a pretty unique story. Normally whenever I read articles about Autism, I am appalled and disgusted. This is an exception. This is almost inspiring. At the very least, it solidifies my argument that music has the power to heal. Originally I thought music could only heal emotionally, but this takes it to a whole ‘nother level. If music can get low-verbal kids to talk and make sense, even if it is just singing, that to me is a success. So what do you think of this news article? Is it as awesome to you as it is to me? Or is it just a coincidence this happened? Let me know what you think in the comments below and, as always, thanks for reading!

-Tom

Song prompts 4-year-old who hardly speaks to sing along

 

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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