Drum Therapy

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News: D.A.D.’s New Website Enables Drummers to Help People with Disabilities

D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities), a pioneer and global provider of the healing art of drum therapy, has launched a new state-of-the-art website. Doctors, psychologists, neuroscientists, special needs therapists, drummers, and teachers in over fifteen countries, use D.A.D.’s celebrated drum therapy…

Modern Drummer
Feb 12, 2015

Pat Gesualdo: Helping to Keep Special-Needs Students Healthy

When teaching special-needs students, drum instructors and Drum Therapists must remember that besides the difficulties that disabilities present to learning, there are often health issues to contend with. Keeping the younger and adult special-needs population healthy can have its challenges.…

Modern Drummer
Aug 12, 2011

Pat Gesualdo: Drum Therapy 
Zone: Drum Therapy For Cognitive Development

Drum Therapy and the DAD Program help the special-needs population with cognitive development and cognitive restructuring by replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Children with learning disabilities often develop negative thought patterns—and rather easily, I might add, because they are…

Modern Drummer
Mar 18, 2011

Pat Gesualdo: Drum Therapy Zone: “The New Drum Therapy Book???

My new book, Drum Therapy, has just been released by Alfred Publishing, the world’s largest music instruction publisher. Drum Therapy is specifically designed for drum instructors to help children and adults with Autism, Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Tourette’s, Asperger’s, ODD, OCD, multiple…

Modern Drummer
Oct 26, 2010

Pat Gesualdo: Drum Therapy Zone

Developing Drumming Milestones Numerous psychologists, medical doctors, occupational therapists, behavioral therapists, physical therapists, and school teachers throughout the world are certified drum therapists, and use Drum Therapy to help children and adults manage the effects of a number of disabilities.…

Modern Drummer
Jul 1, 2010

Pat Gesualdo: Maintaining Control In Difficult Drum Lessons

Drum instructors can have difficulties with managing their lesson environment when teaching special-needs students. This includes both individual and group lessons. When I train drummers, doctors, and teachers in the techniques of Drum Therapy, I always make sure to mention…

Modern Drummer
Mar 24, 2010

Drum Therapy: An Introduction

by Pat Gesualdo This monthly column is designed to assist drum instructors, doctors, and teachers in helping their special-needs students and patients develop physical and cognitive functioning via the drumming art form. Each month I’ll guide you through the Drum…

Modern Drummer
Dec 21, 2009