African Drumming Is Good Medicine

June 1, 2010

The Children’s Program is in the midst of developing a African drumming curriculum. Six drums, a pair of mariachis and a set of shakers have been purchased for materials. African drums are designed to sit between the players legs while they are played.

African drumming has been shown to be enjoyable and therapeutic for special needs children, especially those with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Having the drum between your legs while it is played sends vibrations through the drummers entire body. This provides valuable sensory stimulation. The rhythmic drumming is also a tremendous amount of fun for our kids with PWS.

The drums were played for the first time by our boys from Simpkins. Although most had no previous drumming experience, everyone soon got the hang of it and the group had a lot of fun. We expect that the drums will be getting much more use in the future. There was even talk about putting together a demonstration at our annual End of the Year Celebration.

“Music is what feelings sound like.”
~Author Unknown

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