Special Needs

KEEP THE BEAT specialises in providing recreational music making and wellness drumming sessions for groups with special needs in Launceston, Hobart, Devenport and throughout Tasmania Australia.

BIG-GROUPThrough wellness drumming people can express both positive and negative emotions and communicate their feelings without necessarily using words. Participating in a wellness drumming session can help strip away inhibitions and fears, embarrassment or shyness.

Through a series of call and response rhythms the brain is asked to be alert and alive at all times, and work in unison with the body. Wellness drumming wakes up both the left and right sides of the brain and forces them to work together, creating hemispheric synchronisation.

The long-lasting personal development goals and benefits of drumming can turn a group into an entity of change, ambition and wellness. With research pointing out the benefits of recreational music making for those with neurological disorders, and the overall benefit of drumming and music on a student’s comprehension in school, special needs educators and therapists are beginning to incorporate drumming into therapy time. These sessions, either on a one-on-one basis or in a group can be effective exercises for individuals with autism, ADD/ADHD or developmental delays.

One of the ways that drumming helps a special needs child is with the ability of the drum to help the child produce a non-verbal response, a developmental delay that many children with autism, auditory processing disorder or ADD/ADHD face. In a typical “call and response” exercise, individuals with special needs can understand the dynamics of conversation, and may be better able to produce a personal response to a question or statement on a djembe than a verbal response within the same conversation.

KEEP THE BEAT Wellness Drumming can help an individual with special needs understand emotion, through the sounds produced as well as the tempo. If “happy” is an upbeat tempo, played at a medium volume, the facilitator can build on the response and encourage a group of individuals to further elaborate on their feelings, either on the drum or verbally. Other emotions that naturally connect to music can also be encouraged through the same dynamic of labeling emotions through drumming, giving the individual a way to express emotion and thought in a less intimidating, more intuitive manner.

Drumming can be used as a therapeutic tool for:

Blind and vision impaired
Deaf and hearing impaired
Post-Traumatic stress disorder
At-risk adolescents
Substance abusers
Learning disabilities
Behavioural problems
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Social disorders
Difficulty concentrating or focussing
Parkinson’s Disease
The elderly

Facilitating a drum jam for a group with special needs requires a little more patience and planning to integrate drumming into a classroom or therapeutic environment. We understand the importance of keeping the drumming as simple as possible in order to not overwhelm or overstimulate the group involved, as many of them can be sensitive to loud noises or too much activity.

Integrating drumming into a classroom for special needs students is a beneficial way to connect on a level that helps improve communication, collaboration and increase cognition and attention. With the various delays and struggles that individuals with special needs have, KEEP THE BEAT offers a new and exciting way to communicate can make a huge difference in the learning and social experiences they face. Contact us now for a timely quote.

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