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

  • Music is a powerful motivator that can be used to help children with special needs learn communication skills
  • If you are using physical prompts with a child (i.e. hand over hand support), fade the prompts so that the child is independent and successful
  • Apps on the iPad such as this Yes/No app (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/answers-yesno/id337470555?mt=8) can be excellent tools for a child to communicate wants and needs
  • Teaching a child finger individuation and extension skills (i.e. pointing the index finger) is a foundational skill for using augmentative and alternative communication devices (i.e. Dynovox, Springboard, iPad)

To read a transcription of this music therapy and autism video, please click here

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