Sister Helps Brother With 12-Word Vocabulary Learn New Words By Singing To Him

This video shows the power of music therapy.

When Amanda Bowman Gray left the room to take a shower, she enlisted her 11- year-old daughter, Lydia, to watch her son. When she returned, she captured an adorable moment between her children that has since gone viral.

Bowman Gray's son, Bo, is 25 months old and has Down syndrome. He also has a 12-word vocabulary, the mother explained on Facebook. When she came out of the shower, she saw Lydia playing the guitar and singing "You Are My Sunshine" with Bo. 

"If she didn't have a guitar, I don't know if she would know how to babysit him. This is her go-to. It's proof that music therapy works," Bowman Gray wrote on Facebook. Both she and her husband are musicians, too. "Every word he has learned has been through music and singing."


In the video, Lydia plays guitar and sings the song, stopping at some of the words so that Bo can join in. Bo learned his first word, "happy," from practicing with Lydia, ABC News reports

Bowman Gray also told ABC News that her son "was also born with several heart and lung conditions, and has been undergoing several treatments that doctors hope will make his heart beat normally." 

In another post, Bowman Gray explained the importance of "You Are My Sunshine" as it relates to their family's journey. 

Bo had heart surgery that "ended up going downhill really fast" and left him sick. During an extended hospital stay, the family "got special permission to bring a guitar in and sing to him in hopes that it would comfort him as they believed that he could still hear us even though he couldn't physically respond." 

"What most people didn't know is that my husband and I started practicing the song 'You Are My Sunshine' a month before he had his surgery because we were wanting to perform some tight harmonies at our gigs. At night, we would practice and sing this song while he was in my arms. It was very much routine before his surgery. So Caleb (my husband) brought the guitar in and we had one of the nurses record this," Bowman Gray wrote, attaching a video from the hospital. "This was the first time that he moved as he reacted to the familiarity of the song and our voices. He was so heavily sedated and wouldn't respond. From then on this has become his theme song."

So far, the footage of Lydia and Bo singing together has been viewed over 39 million times on Facebook. It is an amazing look into the power of music therapy, and how singing can bring us all closer together. 

(H/T: Scary Mommy)


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