One of the biggest struggles facing parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder is that they often donâ€™t speak. This lack of feedback from your child makes things other parents take for grantedlike simply figuring out what your son or daughter is asking for or parent-child bondingan uphill climb. The fear your child might never learn to express themselves adds another layer of anxiety to an already stressful situation. Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s important to celebrate every victory in the struggle, something Sheletta Brundidge knows all too well.
This is Sheletta Brundidge, a comedian, podcaster, and mother to a boy named Daniel who has autism.
Like many children with autism, Daniel doesnt talk or make a lot of eye contact, but that started to change when he got into Lil Nas X and Bill Ray Cyruss smash rap/country crossover hit Old Town Road (Remix).
According to Sheletta, Daniel started out humming the song but then moved on to singing the chorus on his own. She shared a video of her little one singing along, and hes doing a great job.
We had an #oldtownroad miracle at my house. My son Daniel has #autism and doesn't talk. We caught him humming the @LilNasX and @billyraycyrus tune the other day. Then Bless God, my baby started singing the song on his own. His therapists have started to use it in his sessions! pic.twitter.com/vtCNWeg6ax
â€” Sheletta Brundidge (@TwoHauteMamas1) June 4, 2019
Now Sheletta says she sings duets with Daniel, he takes the Lil Nas X parts while she belts out Billy Ray Cyruss verses.
Every time I lock eyes with my baby, we start singing #oldtownroad together. Cause of his #autism, he ainâ€™t strung together four words since he was born. But when we sing #OldTownRoad, he got all @LilNasX parts DOWN and Iâ€™m rocking @billyraycyrus! Canâ€™t nobody tell us nothingâ€¦ pic.twitter.com/j7w6qrLW63
Sheletta Brundidge (@TwoHauteMamas1) June 5, 2019
Parents shared their own experience with children with autism and how the power of music helped them raise happy, healthy kids.
And Lil Nas X even praised Daniels efforts on Twitter:
what a king https://t.co/EWZLUliV3n
â€” nope (@LilNasX) June 5, 2019
Keep up the singing, Daniel! Billboard, save a spot on the hot 100 for this little guys first hit single.
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