From the recording Songs for Kids on the Autism Spectrum
Music Makes Me Happy
Music and lyrics by Jake Beck
Performed by Jo Alexis, Catherine Harris, Angie Kopshy
This song encourages communication, making choices and identifying emotions. If a child struggles to answer, we encourage the use of visuals (such as printed photos or images on an ipad) with a choice of two. If motor movement is a challenge, try placing the two photos equidistant from the child’s dominant hand. The repetition gives kids the chance to practice singing complete sentences that they created themselves. In our experience, there are times when children choose something that makes them feel a different emotion than happy. An advanced version of this song can incorporate different emotions and use a minor key for emotions like sad or angry.