Having a Child with Down Syndrome, Part XXVIII: Comfort in Repetition

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Day 14 of 31 for 21.

Shall we dance?  For whatever reason, Alice loves musicals.  I think it’s because she loves the sentiment and the settings and costumes.  Cartoon musicals count too.  The King and I is her current favorite with The Sound of Music running a close second.  She loves the pageantry and the music.  She gets up and twirls during the dancing and sits claps when exciting things happen, and if she had her druthers, she would watch The King and I from sun up to bed time.  Again and again and again and again and again.

At one point it was The Wizard of Oz.  If you’ve read “Adventures In the Mainstream…” by Greg Palmer (and if you are a parent of a child who is in school, you should), he describes a similar obsession with his son, Ned.  At one point, he found Ned sitting alone talking to himself.  He was wondering if his son was autistic.  Getting closer, he discovered that Ned was reciting the movie.  He had memorized it.

Dr. Brian Skotko suggests that it is from knowing what to expect.  I agree. I think that Alice finds comfort in knowing what’s next and what’s going to happen and she wraps the experience around her like a safety blanket.  When everything else is a confusion of therapies and schedule changes and so on, she can know that Yul Brynner will be there to sing and dance for her.

I wonder if she would like Gilbert and Sullivan.

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