Thaddeus Stauder began drawing as a means of communicating his thoughts and feelings. At his school, he eventually learned to make his drawing into animation. His “What Happens When we Jam” animation makes his music video uniquely expressive of who he is. “That was the real meaning of the video for him,” says his mother Kristin.
Thaddaeus loves to sing and is proud of his band, his mom says. Monkeys in the House was named after a song he learned in choir. Zoe Petersen and Sophia Ohanian, who appear in his video, are his former teachers, close friends and fellow band members with whom Thaddeus has a very strong connection. The three practice singing and piano together, and give recitals.
Even with extreme social and communication challenges, Thaddeus loves art, science, animation and physical education at a school. He does not like sitting for prolonged conversation but prefers action, including cooking, surfing and riding his unicycle.
“Thaddeus is a really nice, loveable guy,” says Kristin. “And funny.” One day she asked him and his older sister. ““If you were going to be a vegetable, what would you be?” The sister decided she would be an artichoke, but Thaddeus wanted to be “a cake party!”
Thaddeus Stauder "A Little Help From My Friends"