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Here are a few examples of unique learning challenges and select, research-based methods available to you through Different Drum Learning Designs, LLC. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. To learn more, scroll down to the topic you wish. You are invited to visit my facebook page: www.facebookcom/differentdrumlearning
Academic Mentoring and School Advocacy
Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Core Curricula may need to be organized and presented differently for some individuals in a way that improves learning and test scores. Individualized instruction and modifying work to suit learning challenges are accepted teaching practices and really work. It is important to have these needs outlined in a student's IEP or 504 plan.
DDLD provides in-home consultation and tutoring and would be glad to meet with your school IEP or other service team. There, you will be supported in identifying learning goals. You will have a qualified expert on your team with access to first-hand knowledge of your child and the unique, research-based strategies that fit and work best for them. Reading, writing and math may need to be organized and presented differently to your student than what has already been identified in the classroom.
Drumming is a key to finding our organic and rhythmic nature. It can be a tool for bilateral coordination, emotional regulation, sensory processing and social skill development. Educational research has shown that rhythmic entrainment affects language, reading, as well as emotional regulation. It is also FUN. Drumming together with peers levels the playing field in communication, camaradarie and cohesive teamwork. You learn by doing and creating on the spot.
Private sessions in hand drumming, native american flute and recorder, strumstick or guitar and other instruments for all ages and ability levels
Group music-making sessions
REMO Health Rhythms: Group Empowerment Drumming
For support groups, corporate teambuilding, retirement and assisted living
centers, Memory Care Groups and other groups.
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Person-Centered Planning - Getting to Yes!
"Recent research has shown that person centred planning led to significant changes in the areas of social networks, contact with family, contact with friends, community based activities, scheduled day activities, and levels of choice."
Person centered THINKING is at the heart of this; our belief that each individual has a right to live their lives on their own terms and that closest friends and families are the best allies. Person-Centered Planning is like standing up on a table at your Individual Service Plan (ISP) meeting and saying "Hey! This is MY meeting!" Person centered plan design was conceived to improve a person's quality of life and give them their own voice in their future.
As a trained facilitator, DDLD can help you introduce new ideas to your family and team about your need for independence or life changes. Perhaps you need to spread your wings, develop new talents or get more social. Whether you are in need of a safe haven, experiencing trauma or want to take charge of your life, a Person-Centered Plan is a process for that purpose. Whether you name it PATH, Essential Life Plan, or Picture of a Life, at the heart of it is a real person; someone special - YOU! See Larry's Story to witness the best of person-centered plan.
You and Me:
Behavior, Communication and Social Skills
Communication is the essence of social behavior and it's a two-way street. If we are unable to express ourselves clearly, we may resort to other behaviors that are less appealing or even dangerous in order to get our point across. Our communication partner(s) need to share with us some level of mutual understanding and skill. Communication partners may need training or help in getting to know us better. Learners will benefit from direct instruction and practice of what is often called the “hidden curriculum” of social interaction. That is, learning to think socially in different environments and with different people and use new skills effectively. Social Stories, Comic Strip Conversations, Photograph narratives and Video Modeling are optional strategies that teach visually and concretely what is happening in social exchanges or, in Rick LaVoie's terms, are tools for a social autopsy.
Total communication choices include using sign language, picture, or augmentative communication devices in whatever combination works best. Talking/Communicating is not about labels but about expression. Identifying and assessing a person's preferences, and other social skill and behavior concerns is needed before choosing vocabulary and phrases to learn. The skills learned will require practice in different situations with informed and supportive team members. Facilitating team cooperation is often the first hurdle.
Are you or your child experiencing acute sensitivity to sights, sounds, or movement and challenges in coordinating two or all of these sensations at the same time? In the reverse, you may be finding there is constant need to remain stimulated and moving. Both processes can impede learning and result in isolation from others. (More signs of Sensory Processing Disorder). With pre-and Post-assessment, DDLD offers individualized and global, whole-person strategies called Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) programs. This service can be coordinated with your Occupational Therapist if applicable.
Listening to programmed and filtered music while moving your body is a whole-brain strategy that can help you learn and retain information more efficiently. In utero, the vagus nerve begins processing sensory information as your body takes in vibrations of sound through the womb. Many things can interrupt this process from birth. How do you get back on track and develop these neural pathways when your brain is so busy just trying to keep things together? Research shows that processing sound and movement together provides the systemic changes that are fundamental to the development of all our skills. Sensory processing, emotional regulation and even muscle development can be improved and integrated through the ear and bone via the auditory nerves. Cognitve and sensory processing can also take place during sleep and may be helped by using the iLs Dreampad pillow.
Visit the iLS website to learn about the science behind using music of specific sound wavelength frequencies for calming, sensory processing, focus, and improved language and reading skills. Paired with progressive and enjoyable movement activities, the brain learns anew by doing. Self-esteem follows. Click for a free iLS webinar for individuals and families.
Functional Skills for Independence
Every person wants independence and every family wants their child to be ready for it when they are gone. Functional skills then, need to be elevated to a new level of importance. Basic Living Skills, Home Skills, Community Participation Skills, and School Skills help us to become increasingly self-reliant. Stop guessing. Results from the Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS), will paint a clear picture of where to start. This assessment tool may look familiar. The AFLS assessment tool looks and feels like the ABLLS for Autism. It has the same clear and concise question, example and color-coding schema that Behavior Analysts, Inc. designed for the ABLLS. It's hallmark feature is that it defines each skill and skill- step developmentally and naturally. Whether embracing hygiene routines, following safety signs, asking for help, making a sandwich or doing the laundry, the AFLS offers ways to teach each step in sequence at your own pace. Dance your own way to the starring role in your life!
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