Different Drummer: One Man’s Music and Its Impact on ADD, Anxiety and Autismsam
The brave memoir of a passion for an ancient technique that grows into contemporary tech
The Strong Institute has announced the release of Jeff Strong’s new book, Different Drummer: One Man’s Music and its Impact on ADD, Anxiety and Autism.
“Different Drummer is a brave and open memoir of someone who has followed his passion and intuition and combined those with careful research to create something truly groundbreaking.”
Percussionist and researcher Jeff Strong embarks on a three-decade journey into the power of musical rhythm. Different Drummer chronicles his path as he navigates ancient drumming practices, conducts clinical research, and develops the music that establishes him as a pioneer in the world of auditory brain stimulation.
Beginning with his own struggles with ADHD, Jeff abandons a successful music career and doggedly searches for ways to use musical rhythm to positively impact brain function and behavior. Jeff meticulously documents the development of his therapy and its supporting technology as he drums for people with a variety of challenges including autism, anxiety disorders and ADD.
“I was engaged in a tradition with a long history. In many places around the world drummers were employed to moderate behavior, to calm or excite, to soothe or provoke. They were the therapists, the psychologists, the psychiatrists. Drummers were the bridge to the unconscious and the unknown where the root of behavior resides.”
Jeff’s inquisitive mind and careful research reveal how fast, complex drumming can offer long-term benefits for children and adults with neurological disorders. Different Drummer offers a compelling look at the life-changing effects of musical rhythm, why the drum holds a prominent role in cultures around the world, and how rhythm can influence the brain and behavior.
As a Licenced Therapist, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in, or dealing with Spectrum issues…ADD, Autism, and Anxiety. Jeff Strong , a percussionist and researcher, invites the reader to learn, explore, and open their minds to a unique and highly effective therapeutic approach to working with brain functioning and behavior. I found this book to be an interesting balance of the writer’s personal journey and client case studies. It is a humanistic read….not dry at all. This book should be on the shelves of anyone working with, or living with, people dealing with sleep, anxiety, aggression, attention, self-regulation, processing, and/or connection issues. This work is changing lives.
–Review on Amazon.com
Different Drummer: One Man’s Music and its Impact on ADD, Anxiety and Autism
Paperback: 298 pages, $18.00
Wholesalers/Distributors: Baker & Taylor; Ingram
BISAC: Music / Individual Composer & Musician
Publisher: Strong Institute; 1st edition (January 21, 2015)
Visit: www.differentdrummerbook.com for more information.
About the Strong Institute
The Strong Institute, founded in 1994, is a pioneer in the field of custom auditory brain stimulation. Known primarily for their work with individuals on the autism spectrum, the Institute also has a major impact in ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and Sleep Disorders, among others. The Strong Institute’s mission is to utilize technology and data to research, develop, and deliver the best possible auditory brain stimulation programs for individuals with neurological disorders. And for those without. Brain Shift Radio is a current manifestation of this mission.