Autism Momisms: Shall We Dance?

Apocalypse Now? Nah, let's sing and dance instead.

I love the smell of Napalm in the morning. It goes so well with the sound of my daughter screaming…

“Put on your jacket, Sweety.”


“Stand up on your feet.  Put on your jacket.”



My daughter is highly motivated by music and dancing. When she’s having a difficult time executing a particular task, I’ll often make up a goofy song and dance and hope she takes the bait. Most often, I find success when I include a forward-stepping motion, a “stomp-stomp” or a happy sound effect in the mix…

Stomp stomp stomp stomp
Puttin’ on my right sleeve
Jiggle jiggle,
Giggle giggle
Hee hee hee hee hee!  
Stomp stomp stomp stomp
Puttin’ on my left sleeve
Jiggle jiggle
Giggle giggle
Hee hee hee hee hee!     

Yes indeed, one must always be prepared to create fine music and choreography for any given situation. I must warn to beware of those particularly catchy diddies; the ones that stick so well they require a repeat performance… over and over… day after day… sometimes in front of a live audience. We lose a great deal of our dignity when we become parents, don’t we? But hey, if it keeps the apocalypse from happening now, then it’s well worth a dance.

Learn more about Music Therapy and how it is utilized to promote the development of children on the autism spectrum

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Janie Ruth March 16, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Talk about putting on jackets seems a little dated now that I've just turned on the air conditioner, but that's okay. We'll probably sing the same goofy song for summer clothing as well. :)
Sharon Swanepoel March 16, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Well, we're into summer now anyway so start singing. Looks like we're going to skip most of spring too.
Janie Ruth March 16, 2012 at 09:12 PM
No doubt. The sudden jump in pollen is about to drive all of us insane right now.


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