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10/16/12 at 11:28 AM 0 Comments

Top 40 Billboard Artist offers Free Song to Special Needs Families during October

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Top 40 Billboard artist, author, and conference speaker Jennifer Shaw is releasing her new album entitled Someday during October’s National Sensory Awareness Month. To assist in efforts to bring awareness to sensory disorders and other special needs issues, Shaw is offering the song entitled “Your Child” as a free download to all special needs families during the month of October. Shaw's own son, Toby, was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder at an early age. In addition, a music video of the song is in the works and special needs families are encouraged to send in photos of their child for possible inclusion in the video. Shaw says she wants the video to include all types of special needs children.

“When Toby was diagnosed with SPD," says Shaw, "no one really knew because he was just this cute little boy and nothing was visible. Well-meaning people would give me parenting advice, thinking they were helping. What they didn't realize was that Toby was dealing with a very serious issue and his brain was telling him that grass was hurting his feet or bread was cutting his throat. He would scream in agony at things that wouldn't bother other children. One thing we want people to understand is that sometimes a child's special needs issue is visible and sometimes it isn't. Families that deal with special needs issues need to be supported and uplifted and we hope this song gives them a bit of encouragement."

In her first book released earlier this year, "Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed my Faith and my Song," Shaw details her family’s journey with their son Toby, who struggled with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). SPD is closely aligned with autism in that every autistic child has some form of SPD. In many cases, SPD is misdiagnosed as ADD or ADHD. One study estimated that 1 in 20 children in the U.S. are affected by the disorder. Shaw’s book was recently added to the Resource Library of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.

Another song on Someday co-written by Shaw entitled “To Be Love” will be used as the theme song for Remember Nhu, an organization that exists to prevent the exploitation of children in the sex trade industry throughout the world. Shaw was asked by Remember Nhu to travel to Thailand earlier this year and the song was inspired by those events. A music video of the song will be produced and used by Remember Nhu in various fundraisers and promotional efforts.

Additionally, the new album includes the song "Life Not Typical" which has already spawned a music video directed by Jeffrey Kubach whose credits include the hit television shows Survivor and Burn Notice as well as a Best Pop Music Video nomination from Gospel Music Channel. Kubach also directed Shaw's music video of "God Loved the World" from her last album, a song which became the #1 best-selling Easter choral anthem for Lifeway Christian Resources.

With degrees in both piano and vocal performance, Shaw completed her graduate work in opera performance at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. A former professor at Cedarville University, Shaw is a top 40 Billboard artist and has garnered a #3 hit song on the national Inspirational radio charts. For more information, visit Direct Link to Free Song Download:

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