Committed to Education, Advocacy, Life Planning
Recreation for All!
"Gale is a kind, gentle presence with children who need extra direction."
- Youth Instructor, Casas Adobes UCC
"The drumming and Gale's positive touch bring out concentration and responses we don't normally see in him. It is definitely time well spent!"
-Parent of Young Adult With Autism,
Drum Circle Group
"Gale really knows how to relate to our teens with disabilities and made a big connection with them."
Tucson Therapeutic Recreations Program
Hello, my name is Gale Quackenbush and I am the sole proprietor of Different Drum Learning Designs, LLC (DDLD). DDLD is a research-based practice emphasizing individualized and unique teaching approaches using progressive instructional, therapeutic and recreational strategies.
I hold a BA in Music Education and Performance and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. I have served on the board of the Southern AZ Network for Down Syndrome (SANDS) and I have broad experience working with people on the autism spectrum. In 2007 while serving as Vice President of the Autism Society of America, Greater Tucson Chapter, I became a co-founder and three-year Chairperson of the now annual Piece the Puzzle Tucson Autism Walk and Resource Fair.
As a trained Person Centered Planning Facilitator, I work with individuals with disability and their support teams in exploring and documenting their life goals and dreams.
As a behavior specialist, I developed and wrote behavior support plans, training families and personnel in their use.
As an adherent of Total Communication, I completed training in Picture Exchange Communication (PECS) under Andrew Bondy, PhD, and in Visual Strategies with Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP. Along with simple sign language signs for basic needs, these strategies can help bring the spoken word to life for many people.
I am able to help clients develop their ability to organize incoming sensory information to calm, attend, and allow the ever-changing brain to build new neural pathways for better movement, coordination and learning.
As an educator and mentor, for people with autism and other disabilities, I know the importance of including every day functional living skills on the DDLD design board. I made it a point to train with James Partington, PhD, BCBA at his STARS Clinic in order to administer the AFLS®- The Assessment of Functional Living Skills.
As a trained REMO Health Rhythms facilitator and prior band and choral director, I enjoy leading individual and group drumming sessions for all ages using the cycle of steps that make up the Health Rhythms wellness protocol. This protocol is based on research showing lasting reduction in stress, positive impacts on the immune system as well as social and emotional regulation and improved connection with others. Visit my Group Drumming page:
Gale E. Quackenbush, M Education
Different Drum Learning Designs, LLC
You've always had the power, my dear.
You've had it all along.
- Glenda, the good witch
(The Wizard of Oz)