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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:

  • 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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This music therapy video of a child with autism illustrates the following:

  • A cabassa is an excellent instrument for providing tactile stimulation to children with sensory diets 
  • Here is a link for the cabassa I use in the clip http://amzn.to/17eLlBJ
  • The Mulberry Bush melody is great for putting your own words to, so that you can personalize songs and encourage a child through music
  • Using a slap-clap pattern can make the songs you sing to your child more engaging
  • Use the motivational power of music and instrument play to encourage children with special needs to communicate
  • Reflecting the movements or energy of a child with special needs through music is a great way to connect with them and let them know that they are being heard

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  • This video pulls together many short clips from my blog to show the benefits of music therapy for children with special needs
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  • Music Therapy motivates communication
  • Music Therapy makes the body move
  • Music Therapy inspires joy and laughter
  • Music Therapy empowers
  • Music Therapy helps address speech goals and academic concepts
  • Music Therapy rewards communication
  • Music Therapy redirects and engages
  • Music Therapy inspires and leads to social connection
  • Music Therapy honors and enlivens a child's spirit
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