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Using Music to Help a Child with Down Syndrome

 

Hey everyone, welcome back to the Rhythm Tree, my name is Ryan Judd, I'm a board certified music therapist, here to give you some more great tips and ideas on how to use music to help children with special needs. If you haven't signed up for my newsletter yet, please do, I've got a link right below, click right on it, sign up, I'll send a newsletter every two weeks and you'll get even more great ideas and I go deeper into each of these video blog posts. And I do app reviews and give you all sorts of great stuff.

So in this clip today, I'm working with my client with Down’s syndrome and we're working on some articulation goals, so I'm using this really cool app by the national association of child development. It's just labeled as apraxia or speech, I'll definitely give you a link for it and it's giving these great little pictures and then you have to repeat the word or the sounds that's illustrated by the picture. But I thought I would take it a step further and add music to get lots of great repetition without the monotony.

So this is how I did it, I had my client see the app, touch the picture, and it says the sound or the word, and then I just made up a little melody to get her to repeat that sound or that word again. Now I just made one up, but as you know you can just take a familiar melody and make up your own words, so let’s say you wanted to do maybe, take something like Brother John, and you can say,

I see a

I see a

Yes I do

Yes I do

I see a

I see a

And you can get all that great repetition without just saying the word over and over and over and having it be real boring and monotonous. So there's a Brother John melody for you.

And you'll see in the video clip too, I use these big dramatic pauses, definitely get those in there to signal your child that hey it's your turn to fill in the sound, and I'm using visual phonetics. So I'm using Bah, for a B sound, Bah. And I'm using Mmmmm for an M sound, and I'm using Pah for a P sound. Those visual phonetics are great. I use them all the time, and it really gives the child an illustration of where the sound's coming from and what it might look like visually.

So I hope you enjoyed this video clip. Once again, please sign up for my newsletter and I will see you next time at TheRythmTree.com.

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