Portland is an adorable 3-year-old boy on the spectrum. He is nonverbal and was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old, but he has made a whole lot of progress thanks to the power of both music and sing-a-long books.
His favorite right now? Frozen, of course!
Listen as Portland and his father sing “Love Is An Open Door.”
Take a look at the video below!
It may seem crazy, but music therapy can actually be very, very helpful for some individuals on the autism spectrum. If you’re not aware what music therapy is, it’s the use of music to facilitate non-musical goals. For some people on the spectrum, it can help build social skills, cognition, and fine and gross motor skills.
Want to learn more about this type of therapy? Check out this video, in which a certified music therapist discusses the benefits of it!
A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.