Special Needs Group Drumming
Making Music in the Moment with Special Needs Groups is one of the most rewarding Drum Circles one can do. I never think of their inabilities only their possibilities. They often surprise me more with what they can do than what they can’t. Whenever I try something new with them, and it does not work out, I just think that there still is another way for me to get it accomplish and it’s just up to me to find that new way. And when I do find that new way, I look at the staffs faces, as they look in amazement. to see me do what they thought was impossible , possible .
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. They are one of my best groups to have a Drum Circle with. They warm your heart with love and laughter when we all share our rhythm spirit together. When they like you they don’t hold back. The last time I was there, after a fun-filled drum circle with them, many of the participants just came up to me and gave me the biggest hugs. That was one of the best times ever.
When you are able to make people laugh, they are all the same at that moment, no matter what mental or physical impairment they may have. For they feel the joy you give them and the special rhythms you share with them. Although I am not a comedian, I certainly try to be as fun and funny as I can, when I Facilitate the Drum Circle. This puts everyone at ease, right at the beginning.
For children with special needs, drumming can be a powerful tool to help them address:
- Social Needs. Drumming often occurs as a collaborative, interactive process. If facilitated correctly, participating in drumming experiences can help a child work on skills such as turn-taking and sharing, as well as help them feel they are part of a group contributing towards a group process.
- Communication Needs. Playing a drum or percussion instrument can be a useful way to communicate nonverbally and to “listen” to another person’s nonverbal communication.
- Fine and Gross Motor Skills. This may almost seem self-evident, but different playing techniques can be used to help work on different fine and gross motor skills. This can even be true for developing lower extremity strength (e.g. imagine standing and playing a large conga drum).
- Emotional Needs. Participating in a drumming activity can help a child feel safe enough to express his/her feelings. Additionally–and speaking from experience–there’s nothing much better for releasing anger than banging on a drum.
- Cognitive Needs. By participating in a drumming experience, children can be working on attention, impulse control, and decision-making skills.
Integrating drumming into a classroom for special needs students can be a beneficial way for therapists, teachers and students to connect on a level that helps improve communication, collaboration and increase cognition and attention within a regular classroom. With the various delays and struggles that special needs kids face in schools, a new and exciting way to communicate with these children can make a huge difference in the learning and social experiences they face.
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