Drum Therapy for Autism | Autism Key
I read an article by Susan Moffitt, a mother of a (then) 15 year-old child diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a milder form of autism. Moffitt discussed how hitting a drum helped her child calm down from a tantrum instantly. In addition to helping her child cope with emotional meltdowns, Moffitt stated that drumming also helped his motor coordination skills and communication skills. In terms of motor coordination skills, drumming was beneficial to her son as it trained his vestibular movement and visual perception skills. In terms of communication skills, drumming was equally as beneficial as it was a task that involved turn taking, listening, problem solving, and following directions. I believe that this article was a testimony of how drumming could help those with autism. In the future, I want to be the one to use drumming as a tool to transform those with autism, similar to how drumming transformed Susan Moffitt’s son.