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

  • Non-musicians can custom write songs for their child or client with special needs by taking a familiar song and changing the lyrics
  • The following melodies work great!
  •          1. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  •          2. The Wheels on the Bus
  •          3. Old McDonald
  •          4. Row Row Row Your Boat
  •          5. Brother John
    • Immediately generalize the target word or phrase in the song to a real life situation
    • Use puppets to role model the word or phrase
    • Use big dramatic pauses and an anticipatory breath to cue your child to fill in the word or phrase

     

    To read a transcription of the Music Therapy Video, please click here.

    This video interview gives a parent's perspective on how music therapy has affected the life of her daughter with special needs

    To read a transcription of this music therapy video post, please click here.

    This video interview gives a parent's perspective on how music therapy has affected the life of her daughter with special needs

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    This music therapy video with a child with special needs illustrates the following:

    • The motivational power of music can be used to help a child with special needs learn and use communication skills such as the PECS system http://www.pecs.com/
    • Home made instruments can be made and adapted to address specific therapeutic goals such as bilateral coordination and using arms while in a neutral position
    • I include a bonus chapter on my DVD that demonstrates how to make three home made instruments and use them in fun and therapeutic ways with children with special needs http://www.therhythmtree.com/store
    • Using a slap clap pattern while engaging a child in music can energize the music and lead to more of a connection with that child
    • Following your client's or child's lead while making music can help him or her stay engaged and motivated
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    To read a transcription of this music therapy video, please click here.

    This music therapy video with a child with special needs illustrates the following:

    To read a transcription of this video, please click here.

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