This blog is about a family of two loving parents, two sister schnauzers, a persian, and a very loved young man who faces severe autism daily, sometimes better than others. We will relive the lows, laughs, and joys of our "normal" life. Always under the hand of God.

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Autism and Music

Children obey your parents in the Lord.                                                                                                             

Children obey your parents in the Lord                                                                                                               

For this is right, for this is right.                                                                                                                                         

Children obey your parents, in the Lord.

Madison had his piano lesson this morning. Music seems to be a way to get inside of Madison’s autism walls that keeps him so encased. With Madison, some days he will participate, other days he just wants to sit back and “supervise’.

When he was very young, four or five two, we had an appointment with the bank. We were waiting in the waiting area with about three or four other adults. Madison wanted everyone to sing and he would go up to each one, point at their mouths until they joined in. Thank God for good sports.

I used to take Madison through the stores with him singing Jesus Loves the Little Children at the top of his voice, over and over. Maybe he is an evangelist.

Today he wanted to participate. Ms Pat let him choose the song so he wanted to sing “Children Obey Your Parents” from the Steve Green video that he watches.

This went on for the next 45 minutes of the lesson, and the rest of the afternoon. We all tried to divert Madison with other songs but he always came back to this one. I did get him to sing “Children and Polly obey your parents in the Lord” but that just doesn’t have the same ring, do you think?

And how to you get angry at your son when he is singing this?

Music seems to be the way to get inside Madison’s autism walls. His language is minimum at best. We discussed this with his doctor yesterday and she said this shows he is extremely autistic.

Music therapy is a tool that is often recommended for children with autism. Studies have shown that it can help curb restlessness and frustration. It involves a different part of the brain than language and we hope that using music can help make further connections within the brain.

Saul wanted David to play to him when Saul was depressed. Maybe there is something to this.

But we will have to work on getting a bigger collection of songs.  Got any suggestions?