America’s Photographer Carol Highsmith captures day of fun at Hidden Wings

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How we Drum at Hidden Wings

(Back by Popular Demand)

 

 

 Next Month, Back to Drumming “On Top of the World”

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What is Hidden Wings?

Hidden Wings is a place where young people with autism can spread their own wings, learning life skills and
how to participate with others in a warm and supportive environment.

“Hidden Wings is a place where young people with autism can spread their own wings, learning life skills and how to participate with others in a warm and supportive environment. The Billingtons are building a future for every child in their program, which is a model well worth emulating. The world needs many more such havens.”   –Oliver Sacks, M.D., Physician, Author, Neurologist

 

 “There is an urgent need for the work that Jim and Julia Billington have begun. I have known them since they were undergraduates at Harvard. They are uniquely qualified, gifted, and morally centered to take on this task. I wholeheartedly recommend Jim and Julia, and the project “Hidden Wings.” I can think of few things more important for the next generation.”   –Dr. Robert Coles, Professor of Child Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Pulitzer Prize winner for multi-volume “Children of Crisis”, Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

 

“(Through Hidden Wings) you are doing your country a great service to your country.”   –Amory Houghton, Jr, Former Chairman and CEO of Corning Glass Works

 


 

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Shine On Hollywood Magazine presented a sweet memorial tribute on the life work of Arlene Martel this month, and Hidden Wings was kindly featured on the back cover. Arlene's daughter, Avra Douglas, is an enthusiastic participant in our weekend activities, with her beautiful songstress daughter Molly Rose.

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A note to our "rhythm guides" Mickey Hart and Remo Belli:

If you had only been there to witness, we hosted special needs young adults at Hidden Wings.

And a local physician - never to exaggerate - observed the following after 20 minutes of the softest drum beat:

- dimishing of ticks
- elimation of hand flapping
- lessening of teeth grinding
- elimination of "grunting"
- elimination of "scripted circular speech"
- relaxation of abdominal muscles
- relation of hamstrings and calves - resulting in lessening of foot twitches
- eventual absence of giggling/rough housing
- deep relaxation/somnolence/ rem sleep

All of this is a breakthrough in the field of auditory integration, which in laymans terms, means the widening of the strength of the relaxing accoustic bands which enables autistic people to navigate what often seems to be the terrifying "clatter" of the real world!

Pretty good for a drum!
Jim
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