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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.

  • 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

This Music Therapy video with a child with Down syndrome shows how you can:

  • Use a cabassa to help a child improve motor skills
  • Use music to increase a child's endurance with challenging physical activities


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This music therapy video with a child with Down syndrome illustrates the following:

  • Children with Down syndrome and other special needs are motivated by humor!
  • You can use dramatic, funny reactions to inspire a child to learn, develop and practice skills.
  • Academic goals, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, communication skills, etc. can all be learned through humorous activities.
  • Use a funny, frustrated reaction to make a child laugh.
  • Act very surprised or confused in response to a desired action that a child performs.
  • If you can tap into what makes a child laugh, you have struck gold!

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

  • Tailoring education and therapy to a child's learning style can help them succeed
  • Combining music and movement can be highly engaging and motivating for a child with special needs
  • Create personalized movement songs by putting your own words to a traditional melody such as "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain"
  • Once you find a motivating music and movement activity, use it to help a child to learn and communicate
  • Music and movement activities can be used to expand a child's use of language on an Alternative and Augmentative Communication Device
  • You don't need to be a musician to use music to help children with special needs

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Autism and Music Therapy

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The following music therapy video with a child with autism teaches you how to:

  • Use simple percussive instruments to connect and bond with a child
  • Create music with a child with autism to increase eye contact and facial referencing
  • Use motivating instruments to help a child with special needs gain communication skills
  • Adapt traditional melodies so that you can personalize them to your child's or client's needs
  • Create rhythm to further engage a child while singing with him or her
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