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Me, New York and the D.A.D Program……

In September of 2008 I travelled to New York to see first hand and become a part of the D.A.D Program, to bring the program back to New Zealand. This program looks to help children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and other special needs.  

D.A.D founder and director Pat Gesualdo recognised as we have that the modalities of drumming can help stimulate those areas of the brain where learning takes place. There is a real desire to progress our practice in this area looking at helping people with these special requirements. We have developed and patented new teaching ideas and concepts. We are hoping to soon to be sharing these with Pat and the D.A.D Program in New York.


What is the D.A.D Program?……

D.A.D is a non profit organisation using drumming as a means of cognitive learning for children, young people and adults alike with learning disabilities such as Autism, Dyslexia, A.D.D, A.D.H.D, Tourettes, Asperger’s, O.C.D, and O.D.D, to develop and expand retention, coordination, self-esteem, and physical and cognitive functioning.



1. Improve their ability to identify feelings and behaviour.

2. Improve communication skills.

3. Channel cathartic release, or discharge strong feelings, safely through rhythm.

4. Gain valuable insight into their feelings and maladaptive thoughts.

5. Demonstrate improved fine motor skills, retention, and coordination.

6. Demonstrate improved psychomotor skills.

7. Demonstrate improved social skills through a combined group effort activity.

8. Gain self-esteem and self-confidence by being a major part of an artistic project.

9. Demonstrate improved frustration tolerance.

10. Develop personal expression through the creative art process.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Charles Stott of Uniway Computer Assessments in Auckland for helping to subsidise my trip to meet with Pat Gesualdo of the D.A.D (Drums and Disabilities) Program. This trip was a dream come true and without his kind offering it could not have been possible. Thank you so much!!!!

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