One of the biggest struggles facing parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder is that they often don’t speak. This lack of feedback from your child makes things other parents take for granted—like simply figuring out what your son or daughter is asking for or parent-child bonding—an uphill climb. The fear your child might never learn to express themselves adds another layer of anxiety to an already stressful situation. That’s why it’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 doesn’t talk or make a lot of eye contact, but that started to change when he got into Lil Nas X and Bill Ray Cyrus’s 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 he’s 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
— 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 Cyrus’s verses.
Every time I lock eyes with my baby, we start singing #oldtownroad together. Cause of his #autism, he ain’t strung together four words since he was born. But when we sing #OldTownRoad, he got all @LilNasX parts DOWN and I’m rocking @billyraycyrus! Can’t nobody tell us nothing… 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 Daniel’s efforts on Twitter:
what a king https://t.co/EWZLUliV3n
— nope (@LilNasX) June 5, 2019
Keep up the singing, Daniel! Billboard, save a spot on the hot 100 for this little guy’s first hit single.