The free community drum circles at Bongo Boy Music School have become a popular activity for Indianapolis families. But, did you know that they also offer a Monday night circle specifically for individuals with disabilities? That’s right, each week teens and adults with special needs can experience a drum circle that is structured with their needs in mind. The evening includes drumming, singing and chair-based physical exercise to build fine and gross motor skills. Some participants can even help lead the group.
According to Lisa Colleen, the lead facilitator, the drumming is centered off a simple heart beat rhythm so that everyone in the circle can participate. In addition to being a fun outlet for socialization, the drum circle can help participants build cognitive skills, reduce stress and connect with others. Some research suggests that drumming can also help increase energy, reduce pain, improve mobility and much more.
Who: Individuals age 15 and older. Music and recreational therapists are welcome to attend with their clients. However, to avoid disruption, it is required that all caregivers/therapists stay with their client(s), and are asked to maintain a ratio of one caregiver for two clients. When: Mondays 6:45pm-7:30pm Additional Info: Special needs drumming programs are sometimes offered at outside locations around town. Contact Lisa Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-771-0241 for pricing, to schedule a program for your location or to find an existing program near you.
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