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Rock Drumming May Help Kids with Autism

A new study led by Dr Marcus Smith of the University of Chichester showed that drumming could help children diagnosed with autism learn in school:

Preliminary results showed:
A vast improvement in movement control while playing the drums, including dexterity, rhythm, timing.
Movement control was also enhanced while performing daily tasks outside the school environment, including an improved ability to concentrate during homework.
A range of positive changes in behaviour within school environment, which were observed and reported by teachers, such as improved concentration and enhanced communication with peers and adults.

The study was actually a continuation of research done by a group of researchers which include Clem Burke, the drummer of band Blondie.

(Photo: University of Chichester)

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Learning to drive helped me deal with my autism - but maybe because I am a high-functioning autistic, an "aspie." Driving forced me to concentrate on what the hell I was doing, because I was in control of a 1300 kg missile, and I had to know where I was. I had learned to keep track of where I was before that when I biked around my neighborhood, but controlling a car made knowing where I was that much more important. I am a great driver, if I may say so myself - but I have the spotless driving record as evidence.
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