Friday, December 07, 2007

Students Use Drum Therapy To Help Disabilities

BALTIMORE (WJZ) ― There is an unusual form of therapy for students with disorders like dyslexia, autism, and attention deficit disorder.

Healthwatch reporter Kellye Lynn reports how a Baltimore County school is helping students with special needs, drum their way to success.

It's called Drum Therapy. A creative way for children with disabilities to better manage their symptoms.

At the Hannah More School in Reisterstown students are shacking, tapping, and pounding their way to better health. The conditions vary from dyslexia, to attention deficit disorder, to autism, but in this class there's only one form of therapy.

"I would say it's beneficial for them, psychologically and physically as well," said Laurie Precht, Drum Circle facilitator.

The weekly class is designed to help students become better listeners, communicators, and leaders within the circle and maintain those skills when they leave it.

3 comments:

Maddy said...

I used to take mine to Kindermusic etc when they were little [disasterous!]

However, recently they've started a music class at school, sort of percussion. They've taken to it like ducks to water. Their [spec Ed] teacher says that the [spec Ed] kids [the music class is integrated with the mainstream students] are doing fabulously, excellent rhythm.
Best wishes

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Raion Taiko said...

My wife and I study taiko drumming in Japan. She studied music therapy in college. When we return to the States, we hope to use taiko drums for theraputic services for young people like you have described in your post. There is certainly a healing power in drumming. Here is our blog if you're interested:
http://raiontaiko.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Hello
I was in the health care field for yrs working Developmentally disabled adults and first started doing drum therapy there. I now do drum therapy with children with autism and seniors with dementia. you can find me at www.drumforhealth.com

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