PALERMO. Music is used as a cognitive support for people suffering from pervasive developmental disorders and Down syndrome.
This is the concept behind music therapy which has been proven effective and uses the Drum Circle as an instrument in Palermo, the project birthed in Sicily in 2015 by two siblings Santo and Claudia Vitale prime founders of the cultural association “La bottega delle percussioni” , they collaborate in reality with territorial schools, aimed to help children affected by these disorders guiding them into the world of socialization passing from rhythmic improvisation to musicality.
Experimented by the maestro himself Arthur Hull, the Drum Circle identifies the rhythm of percussion as a factor of social cohesion of a group. Music is a primordial and basic element that everyone of us has, thanks to the observation of the leader of the group, or better still the “facilitator”, can allow anyone to express themselves and their ego.
Not so obvious in the case of people with autism or Down syndrome. “This experiment is very important because it gives you a helping hand to do away with unwanted thoughts,” says Giuseppe, who’s part of the “Pietro Piazza”IPSSEOA boys who participate in the activities of the Drum Circle.
The benefits of using music as a therapy in cases of DPS or DS are indeed numerous. The rhythm of percussion, performed in time, reduces for example the stereotypical gestures replaced by cadenced and sequential movements.
The use of the Drum Circle indeed helps “to get out of the mannerisms bringing them to count time […] from the confused state to follow the rhythm”, explains Claudia Vitale, project coordinator.
Thanks to the online magazine InSanitas TV