Kaylee Rodgers, a 10-year-old student of Killard House School located at Northern Ireland, sang "Hallelujah" to the audience for their Holiday concert it could make the late Leonard Cohen rise from his grave to give her a humongous applause.
Her voice as what people commented as "angelic" moved the audience to tears as she belts the song about searching for spiritual wisdom and human desire. The song never failed to make a person freeze for a while and listen to this melancholic yet uplifting song that was popularized by various artists, particularly the late Jeff Buckley.
But what is more amazing in the performance is not only her voice but also her strength to show her talent in front of the audience.
What people don't know about little Kaylee is that she has autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Her principal, Colin Millar, described Kaylee as someone who had been struggling to communicate effectively to her peers. He said that she would not talk and read out in her class.
Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization, defines autism and autism spectrum disorder as complex disorders of brain development, resulting to difficulties of social interaction, verbal, and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.
"To stand and perform in front of an audience is amazing. It takes a lot of effort on Kaylee’s part," Millar said.
With her also having ADHD, people observed that she had difficulty controlling her inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. People described Kaylee as "amazing" and "outstanding" to see her nailing her performance at the school holiday concert, especially the fact that Kaylee was able to jump over her personal struggles to deliver.
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