Eddie Tuduri, Founder/Director of The Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP) visited The Arc of Delaware County at four locations this week. Eddie has been working with The Arc for over 9 years integrating the methods and techniques that he developed into The TRAP program and applying it in different ways to aid people in learning. Eddie explained, “The essence of The TRAP program is that it is fun. And it teaches people how to listen, follow directions, communicate, share, and many other social skills. It draws people into the realm of learning.” He clarified that “TRAP is NOT a program on how to play the drums but rather a tool.” People learn with more of their senses in the TRAP program, because the drums and other rhythmic instruments provide a tactile, auditory piece to aid in remembering things. They learn many skills such as sequencing, colors, math, coordination, social and communication skills as a result of the class. And the TRAP methodology can be used in a variety of learning situations. For example, on Thursday, Henry Kamp received a lesson in timing from Eddie to hone his joke telling skills. To tell a joke well, timing is everything! Henry also learned about voice inflection and introducing emotion into stories and jokes. Henry and Chee Chee the Clown provide entertainment at several venues in Delaware County and Henry utilized the TRAP program while preparing for a December event at the Office of the Aging.
When asked what changes he had seen over the years spent with The Arc of Delaware County, Eddie shared that he didn’t see many pure TRAP classes being taught this week. However what he did observe was a variety of ways that segments of the TRAP program were being integrated into individualized learning.
The joy and excitement that Eddie brings with each visit to The Arc of Delaware county was evident by the hugs, smiles, and warm greetings he received from those who have had the pleasure of being in his class before.
Enjoy photos of Eddie’s visits to Community Living Skills-Walton, Resources for Industry –Walton and THRIVE-Hamden. (Photos not available from Community Living Skills-Arkville). http://www.flickr.com/photos/delarc/sets/72157637608620355/