Music has always played a significant role in our lives. Lisa and I both have a love for playing and enjoying music. It’s simply part of our DNA. So, when all three of our kids showed signs of that same love for music, it was no surprise for us.
We were notorious for having spontaneous dance parties late at night in our tiny living room in an attempt to ward off insanity, calm our babies, and help our stress levels.
When Madison was first learning to crawl we noticed she rocked to the music and we also found that both twins needed music in order to sleep.
Since her regression, music has almost become somewhat of an obsession for Madison as she NEEDS music playing 24/7 to regulate her emotions and focus. We experimented with various team members in the past year turning off tablets and screens during therapy sessions and as it turns out, those were the worst sessions on record as Madison quickly became agitated, upset, and was unwilling to participate in the activities.
This means that in our household, we have three tablets charged and ready to go at all times and we try to keep tabs on our TV remotes to switch at a moment’s notice to YouTube music to calm Madison.
We have mostly kids’ songs and educational music playing at all times but Madison also has a love for Pentatonix Christmas songs, some top 40 tunes, and the occasional other adult artist.
We’re not sure what it is specifically about the music that calms her but we have been told it’s common among children with Rett Syndrome. Perhaps it is stimulating both sides of the brain.
Regardless, we’ve also recently invested in wireless headphones for our girl so we can occasionally enjoy some silence or move away from Cocomelon, Dave & Ava, and ABC’s. It helps us, and interestingly enough it’s made Madison more vocal which is a fun development. 😉