Dolle Communications is a drum circle facilitation and neurosciences consulting company located in Orange County, California. We facilitate drum circles for team-building, health & wellness, mindfulness, personal development, and neurological disorders utilizing brain wave entrainment & trance states modeling. Company founder & CEO, Stephen Dolle, delivers keynotes on these topics and drumming and the brain, hydrocephalus, plus on his efforts in the neurosciences.
Stephen's earlier neuroscience efforts in 1997 led to the design & patenting of a CNS shunt monitoring system, termed the DiaCeph Test, for non-invasive monitoring of the disorder, hydrocephalus. He has used the DiaCeph Test to help manage his own care and surgeries, and offers DiaCeph shunt monitoring consults to other affected individuals with hydrocephalus. In January 2013, Stephen underwent his 12th CNS shunt revision brain surgery since his 1992 auto accident, where he was described as "tough as nails" by staff at St. Joseph's Hospital.
This web site & company were originally under DiaCeph.com for the DiaCeph Test. Later, as Stephen became involved in drumming for the brain, he added web pages and content on drumming. Today, DolleCommunications.com hosts content both on drumming, and on the disorder and related testing for hydrocephalus. In the future, these will be split. For now, enjoy our mix of science & music.
Drumming is fascinating in that it improves movement, coordination, self confidence, and communication skills, while boosting mental focus, reducing stress, and making you feel younger, happier, and healthier. There is extraordinary new neuroscience research in support of drumming and the brain. Stephen spoke on some of this in 2011 at Wright State University. His power point "Engage the Rhythms of your Brain" is available on Slideshare.net (and the viewer below). His presentation covers drumming applications for STEAM3 (teaching curriculum), special education, sensory processing disorders, trance states, and cites the benefits for a wide range of health disorders, including, autism, Parkinson's Disease, hydrocephalus, PTSD, post TBI, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, and aging. As a hydrocephalus survivor, Stephen "walks the talk" on drumming and shares his story by keynote. He also plays in drum ensembles and drum circles with the Orange County Drum Circle.
Stephen underwent drum circle facilitation training with Arthur Hull in 2005, has been playing music all his life, and began undertaking research with music and the brain after suffering a brain injury and the placement of a CNS shunt in 1992. This led him to pioneer new methods of drumming in rhythm & movement & proprioception, sensory processing disorders, brain wave entrainment, cognition, and trance states.
We are located in Orange County, California. Contact us to bring a drum circle to your company, retreat, private party, venue, or ceremony. We bring all the instruments and know-how. You play and experience the benefits.
Stephen facilitates drum circles (some w/ instruments included) at a variety of locations around Orange County, and lectures on drumming. Sessions usually run 90 minutes. See listings on the groups & links below.
You may reach us during normal business hours (PST) by telephone (949) 642-4592, by email, and regular mail. You can also print our Dolle Communications Drumming Card. No event is too big or too small or too difficult.
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