Percussion therapy for autistic children

Published: Feb. 23, 2017 at 4:34 PM EST
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A UT student was the latest to develop a form of percussion therapy for autistic children.

Senior Corey Cantrell started an internship with Autism Site Knoxville and is already making a difference.

"It's literally a dream come true, these are my two biggest passions in life and I'm getting to combine those and do it on a regular basis. I'm very thankful," said Cantrell.

His program helps young children aged 3-8 years in a variety of ways.

"They really have a need for consistency for patterns, for rhythm and percussion can offer that and be very soothing, very therapeutic," said Cantrell.

The students get to make their own drums out of household items, then play them in different ways that create different sounds.

Executive Director of Autism Site Knoxville Veronica Cordell said they are an organization that welcomes professionals and volunteers.

"We really think this is a place where university students, volunteers and parents can create programs that we help facilitate and get people here for. Everybody who gets an autism diagnosis for someone in their family shouldn't have to re-invent the wheel and come up with programs," said Cordell.

The percussion therapy class will last for two more weeks and only costs parents ten dollars. The class size limit is six; however, Autism Site Knoxville does many free activities.

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