If you’ve ever wondered just how powerful music can be, then this video should answer all of your questions – and then some. Amanda Gray posted this video on YouTube earlier this year after she asked her eleven-year-old daughter, Lydia, to watch Bo, her 25-month old son with Down Syndrome.
When Amanda returned she found Lydia singing “You Are My Sunshine” to Bo, who could not have been more delighted. And while the mere act of an older sister singing to her younger brother is sweet in and of itself, what makes this interaction even more special is the fact that, at the time this video was taken, Bo only had a vocabulary of twelve words – and every one of those words had been learned through music and singing.
In the video, you can see how Lydia includes Bo as a participant encouraging him to sing along and even giving him some “solo” spots. It has been through this type of interaction that Bo has developed his vocabulary said his dad, Caleb, in an interview with KUTV News in Salt Lake City. According to Caleb and Amanda Gray, “You Are My Sunshine” was the first song Lydia learned to play on her guitar and she sings to her little brother every day. Suffice it to say, Lydia is not only a talented young musician, but she is clearly a devoted and dedicated big sister.
After the video was posted, it quickly went viral, receiving nearly 1.5 million views in just a few months. In addition to showing just how much of an impact music therapy can have, the Gray family hopes that their video will raise awareness about Down Syndrome.
Take a look for yourself…then try not to have this sweet song stuck in your head for the rest of the day!
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