StayUp.News editor-in-chief Roberto Alejandro recently sat down with Chris Cook (pictured above, left, with her daughter), founder of Rhythm Key, a community organization that will be putting on music and movement based programming, for young people with neurological and behavioral challenges such as autism, lead paint exposure, or even post-traumatic stress disorder, this summer. From June to August, Rhythm Key will be hosting rotating workshops ranging from drum circles; to Yoga, Tai-Chi, and Capoeira classes; to instrument making with Baltimore’s own Abu the Flutemaker. In our interview, Ms. Cook details Rhythm Key’s programming, as well as the resource challenges she has faced as a mother whose daughter is a non-verbal female on the autism spectrum.

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This interview was originally published by, on April 28, 2016.