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The Best Video of the Year

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

And the best Video of the Year Award goes to…”Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” as sung by my son and his music therapist, Amanda. You read it here first!

Watching Max sing with her is always a treat. This past year the two of them rocked “Let It Go” and “For The First Time in Forever.” But when she got him to do a Beatles song, well, I melted. It is such a thrill to hear Max belting out a song I grew up with and loved.

As a special needs parent, you often have to give up on dreams that your child will savor the same childhood pleasures that you did. I’m talking about things big (like swimming) and small (holding and licking a lollipop). Early on, this can really bum you out. Eventually, though, you come to understand—and accept—that your child will enjoy stuff in his own way. Or he’ll do different things and have fun, too. Max may not be able to swim, but he’ll walk around the pool in  knee-deep water, crouched over and pretending to swim, and that makes him happy. Max may not be able to hold and lick a lollipop because he doesn’t yet have that coordination, but this kid has gotten darn good at clutching a cupcake (chocolate, please).

And so what if Max can’t say all the words in the song? He’s carrying the tune admirably, and he’s a charming performer. So, without further ado, Best Video of the Year. Sorry that Beyoncé was not available to present it.

From my other blog:

25 funny books for kids

Best holiday gifts for kids with special needs

15 superpowers of special needs moms

 

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Top Inspiring Viral Videos About Kids With Special Needs

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Snuggle up to your computer screen (and have a box of tissues handy) for these incredibly inspiring videos about kids with special needs.

 

A baby, born deaf, gets a cochlear implant and hears his mom’s voice for the first time 

 

A mom and her little girl with Down syndrome, Maddox Lucille,  raise awareness about what DS is— and what it isn’t

 

A fifth-grader with cerebral palsy in Ohio runs a 500-meter (with a little help from his friends)

 

A teen girl with a brother who has Down syndrome speaks out against the word “retarded.

 

Six-year-old Ethan, who has autism and serious talent, plays Piano Man. After seeing it Billy Joel said, “I think I like his intro better than mine. And this kid plays with a lot more energy than me. Maybe he could teach me a few things.”

 

“For my brother, on Down Syndrome Day” by Ace

 

A boy with cerebral palsy, Michael, walks to his U.S. Marine father—home from Afghanistan—for the first time.

 

One mom’s video about her blind baby boy, Christian, and his rare cleft-palate condition

 

And I just couldn’t leave out the video I made about my son and the word “retard.”

 

Screen grab from YouTube video

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