Recently, 8-year-old Jack Robbins was mumbling something to himself, when his mom Carla got so proud that she grabbed the video camera and started recording. At first she thought he was muttering nonsense, but as she listened, she realized he was singing the lyrics to Katy Perry’s “Roar.”
That’s wouldn’t necessarily be a huge achievement for most kids, except that Jack has nonverbal autism.
According to his mom, Jack doesn’t speak without being spoken to, and has trouble putting words together spontaneously.
She commented on the YouTube video she uploaded of Jack:
We heard our nonverbal autistic son saying or singing something repeatedly every day and we thought it was nonsense, meaningless jabber. UNTIL one day (this morning) we really listened and figured out he was SINGING Katy Perry's "Roar" song! He never says a word he is not told to say and he spontaneously sang this song, over and over because, well, obviously he likes it! Which is a miracle and so cool that he had a preference for music, an artist, a song AND he's singing it! Katy Perry you should meet our beautiful son Jack who obviously loves you! :-)
So cute! Take a look at the video to watch this adorable kid and hear the pride in his mama’s voice as she cheers him on.
Do you believe music can help us connect to others, regardless of special needs?
Image via Carla Robbins/YouTube