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Empower children with disabilities through percussion intervention training with Jim Donovan

Event Details

Start Date:  November 17, 2012

Learn to empower children with disabilities by learning how to engage them using rhythm and sound on Saturday, November 17, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

There are no prerequisites for this training. Musical experience or ability is not required.

This training is appropriate for educators, therapists, parents and anyone who works with children who have disabilities such as autism or ADD/ADHD. Act 48 Credits are available.

Location: DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness on the Saint Francis campus

Cost: The cost for this six-hour intensive program is $150 per person, printed materials included. Lunch and refreshments are available for purchase on campus.

Contact: Brenda Guzic - bguzic@cermusa.francis.edu or 814-472-3389. More details are available on the CERMUSA Percussion Event Page

What is a Percussion Intervention?

A percussion (or rhythm) intervention is a research based technique that uses easy to learn percussion approaches, instruments, and methods as a way to elicit a desired behavioral response, such as maintaining attention-to-task, improving socialization skills, or increasing the ability to communicate. Examples of percussion interventions include (but are not limited to):

  • Teaching a child to spell his or her name by associating it with a specific rhythm
  • Providing a child with a "shaker" or other percussion instrument that allows the child to maintain attention or focus in noisy or distracting environments
  • Providing a child with an acceptable mechanism to release energy such as striking a drum

This session will reveal ways to help and empower children with disabilities by engaging them with rhythm and sound. During the training, participants will learn the skills, concepts and philosophical foundations to assist in performing meaningful, effective and successful interventions with individuals with special-needs.


Saint Francis University aims to be as accessible as possible. Please contact our Accessibility Services Coordinator, April Fry, with specific inquiries at 814-472-3176 or complete our online request form at http://francis.edu/accessibility-accommodation-request/.