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Dr Bruce Perry is a leading expert in childhood trauma. His groundbreaking research revealed that exposure to trauma has a discernable effect on a child’s developing brain. He has published numerous professional articles, notably: Curiosity: The Fuel of DevelopmentThe Developmental Hot Zone and Biological Relativity: Time and the Developing Child. In addition, he is the Senior Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy, a Houston-based organization dedicated to research and education on child maltreatment. Featured here on the ABC Radio National program Life Matters, Dr Perry speaks about the neuroscience approach to trauma and recovery.

The Alexander Youth Network‘s approach to healing mental trauma in children is based upon the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT): a developmentally-informed, biologically-respectful approach to working with at-risk children developed by Dr Perry.

Michael Winkelman is with the Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University, Tempe. This article examines drumming activities as complementary addiction treatments and discusses their reported effects.

Michael Drake is an internationally respected writer, rhythmist, and shamanist. He is the author of The Shamanic Drum: A Guide to Sacred Drumming and I Ching: The Tao of Drumming. His research into therapeutic rhythm techniques, used for thousands of years to create and maintain physical, mental, and spiritual health have been widely published including this article on The Therapeutic Effects of Drumming.

Kalani is a multi-instrumentalist with more than 35 years of professional experience in the fields of music performance, music education, and most recently, music therapy. He is the author of more than ten books, twenty videos, three music CDs, and numerous podcasts and articles. His work is featured throughout the world and at conferences and events.

Lauren Hansen, of Illinois Wesleyan University published this excellent and informative study in 2011: Evaluating a Sensorimotor Intervention in Children who have Experienced Complex Trauma: A Pilot Study 

St. Aemilian-Lakeside, Inc. provides innovative family-centered care and educational services that embrace diversity and empower children, families and adults to improve the quality of their lives. “We work with what are called sensory interventions to promote calming and to actually create changes in neuro pathways. We know, for instance, that rhythmic, repetitive activities can alter brain activity, and, to a degree, brain structure. So we incorporate things from hand massage to drumming or dancing or rocking in a rocking chair into the work we do with children. And we have seen dramatic results. Click here to access some of our stories.”

This article was edited and remixed from two original versions: ‘The Neurological Legacy of Childhood Trauma‘ by Maggie Brown, from the blog ‘Speaking of Medicine‘, and ‘Childhood Trauma and Its Impact: Can We Do Anything About It?’ by part-time Ausmed blogger, Sarah Vogel.

Rosemary Signorelli, author of The Music of Healing Part II. The Place of Music in Recovery and Developmental Models, is a counselor and music therapist at STARTTS. She also has extensive private practice experience with children and adults with special needs, and in early childhood music teaching and music therapy programs.

Some of the psycho-acoustic, physical and psychological and spiritual effects of drumming are articulated in this article, Therapy Database: DRUMMING  by Urban Tribe Drumming.



1. Bruce 0, Perry, M.D., Ph.D. The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Using Principles of Neurodevelopment to help Traumatized   and Maltreated Children. Working with Traumatized Youth in Child Welfare (Ed. Nancy Boyd Webb) Guilford Publications, Inc. New York, NY December. 2004.

2. Mickey Hart. Planet Drum‚ A Celebration of Percussion and Rhythm. Harper Collins. New York. NY. US. 1991.

3. Robert Lawrence Friedman. The Healing Power of the Drum. White Cliffs. Reno .NV. US. 2000.

4. Arthur Hull. Drum Circle Spirit-Facilitating Human Potential Through Rhythm. White Cliffs Media, Inc., Reno, NV. 1998.

5. Lane Redmond. When the Drummers were Women. Three Rivers Press.1997.

6. Malidoma Patrice Some. The Healing Wisdom of Africa – Finding Life Purpose through Nature, Ritual and Community. Penguin Putman Inc. New York, NY. 1999.

7. Peter Michael Hamel. Through Music to the Self.  Sherz Verlag Berne, Munich&Vienna. 1976.

8. Kalani. Together in Rhythm: A Facilitator’s Guide to Drum Circle Music (Book & DVD) [Paperback] Alfred Publishing; Pap/DVD edition. August 2004.

9. Kalani. The Amazing Jamnasium: A Playful Companion to Together in Rhythm (Book & Enhanced Cd) [Paperback] Alfred Pub Co. November 2004

10. Yaya Diallo and Mitchell Hall. The Healing Drum. Destiny Books. December 1989.
11. John Diamond, M.D. The Way of the Pulse. Enhancement Books. 1999.
12. Joshua Leeds. The Power of Sound. Healing Arts Press. 2001.