One Mom’s Mission:
The impetus for BrainSong came from a mother — me — of Sarah, 11, who has severe autism. I realized early on that music was the key to Sarah’s learning, and soon discovered that music deeply and profoundly affected other kids like her as well. For Sarah, at age 3, she could not talk, but she could sing and memorize whole songs, such as her ABCs and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
I desperately wanted to take her to all the wonderful concerts that are available in Colorado for youngsters interested in music, but i knew, as mothers and fathers of Autistic kids well know, that Sarah would not be able to sit still for the concerts — she may make awkward noises and movements — and that I would inevitably get the “stare down” or “stink eye” from other parents of typical acting kids.
Our goal is to expand BrainSong from its early beginnings at one public school, to creating community concerts that promote community connections.
Here is the first post from the Blog page for a little more reading:
Welcome to BrainSong!
Did you realize that music is the oldest form of communication? Or just how profound music can be on the brain’s development and abilities? World renowned neurologist, Oliver Sacks, has spent much of his life denoting this fact (see his book, Musicophilia); an entire lab at MIT is now researching the incredible effect music has on our body’s largest muscle. Researchers have shown that in Alzheimers patients, when they are in their last stages of the debilitating disease, and can no longer recognize themselves in the mirror, they can still hear an old, familiar tune, stand up and sing! And when we hear music, we use more of our brain energy than during any other task in life (link to MIT study mentioned on NPR)
So, it makes sense that we, as parents, would turn to music to help our children with Autism fight for a better today and tomorrow.
Welcome to BrainSong — a fledgling program started by a mom that started by bringing music into the school in the form of mini-concerts, where children with Autism are free to express themselves, learn and grow. Please peruse this website to learn more, perhaps donate your music skills, or help pay musicians with big hearts who can.
Sincerely, Julie Marshall, founder of BrainSong