Most children love and respond to music. As parents, we cherish the moments and memories of singing a favorite lullaby or Disney song with our kids.
But for parents of children with autism, this simple pleasure that many of us take for granted may feel out of reach.
When Patrick King Sr. put on Tori Kelly’s version of “Hallelujah” after dinner one night, he couldn’t believe what happened.
Patrick Jr., his 9-year-old son, watches his father sing with wonder and awe. His deep brown eyes widen and a gentle smile slowly crosses his face. He sways sweetly back and forth to the music and eventually begins to sing the chorus.
This moment is made all the more poignant and miraculous because Patrick Jr. has autism and normally doesn’t speak.
Patrick Jr.’s younger brother, Adam, stands at his side, watching with his father in amazement as his ordinarily silent brother sings for the very first time. The boy’s confidence and joy clearly grows as the song continues and his family cheers him on.
It’s impossible not to be moved by this emotional video. We can only imagine what this wondrous moment must have meant to Patrick and his family. Sometimes the simple things are also the most extraordinary.