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Ryan Judd

Ryan Judd is a board certified music therapist. He has a master's degree in Music Therapy and a bachelor's degree in Psychology, with an emphasis on Child Development. He has been working as a music therapist with children with special needs for more than 16 years. In addition to working one on one with clients, Ryan also leads groups focused on the development of social skills.  His services are available in Southern New Hampshire, Northern Massachussets and Southern Maine.  He lives in the Seacoast region with his wife who is a 1st grade teacher.

 

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This music therapy video illustrates the following:

  • Creative, unstructured activities can lead to self-expression
  • Following a child's lead and making them feel heard can help lessen any frustration they might be having, and can lead to teachable moments
  • Some children require longer periods to process information and requests, so be sure to give them that time
  • Adam's Camp (http://www.adamscamp.org) is an amazing therapy camp for children with autism and other special needs, and has locations in Winter Park, CO, Nantucket, MA and Girdwood, AK

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  • This video teaches you two hello songs that are easy to learn and remember. 
  • You can use these songs with children and adolescents with special needs to help them practice eye contact and greetings in a fun and musical way!
  • Remember to use big dramatic pauses in these songs in order to prompt a child to use a greeting.
  • Using a slap-clap pattern with the first hello song is a great way for non-musicians to add an engaging rhythmic element to this song.

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This Music Therapy video illustrates the following:

  • Combining music with the use of an articulation app such as "Speech Therapy for Apraxia" can be a great way to help a child learn and practice speech
  • Use a traditional melody such as "Brother John" and change the words so that you are getting lots of repetition without the monotony
  • Use visual phonetics to visually illustrate speech sounds
  • Remember to use big, dramatic pauses in your singing in order to prompt your child to respond

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This Music Therapy video illustrates the following:

  • Using a rhythmic hand clapping pattern like "Patty Cake," can be a great way to bond with children with autism and other special needs
  • By incorporating dramatic pauses into the song, you can address developmental goals such as expressive language
  • You can also address range of motion, crossing mid-line and shoulder stability goals through this activity
  • Many children with autism crave deep pressure and proprioceptive feedback and this technique fulfills this need
  • This activity can be used to redirect and engage a child with special needs

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This music therapy video illustrates the following:

  • By adding music to social stories, you can make them more engaging for children with special needs
  • You can also chant a non-musical social story to give it a strong rhythmic feel that will make the story more engaging
  • May is Williams syndrome awareness month and to learn more, go to www.wschanginglives.org
  • You can build social stories with pictures, video, audio and text by using the free app called Story Creator by Alligator Apps

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