Local Singer-Songwriter Helps Autistic Children

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

April 15, 2005

Cathy Bollinger has sung her way into many autistic children's hearts, or at least one, named Joshua. He and his Mom, Elly, helped Bollinger produce her current CD.

"I was really interested in this project. I thought it would be a lot of fun so I contacted Elly and began coming over their house every Sunday to work with Elly and Josh to get the lyrics just right and to make sure it would work for all types of kids," said Cathy Bollinger.

"[Josh] had a chance to really help Cathy with the understanding of how a child with autism sees the world and the difficulties that they have in certain times. He really understands now that there are alternatives and choices that he can make if he want to appear to be more or less normal," said Elly Tucker, Joshua's mother.

Bollinger uses her music therapy background to teach kids like Josh how to interact in social situations. "I don't remind him to say hello, say good-bye, look at people's face, but if I even just hum a little bit of the song now he gets it," said Tucker.

"What I like to do with my music is make it teach things but make it fun to learn and use lots of different instruments," said Bollinger.

Josh agrees with Bollinger. He recommends Bollinger's CDs, especially her latest one. "I think it's going to go platinum, and that's good...what does platinum mean again?" said Josh.

Bollinger is now on her 7th CD, "My Turn, Your Turn" which is set to be released on April 22, 2005.

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