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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 Williams Syndrome illustrates the following:

  • Approach Hyperacusis (high sensitivity to sound) with sensitivity and patience
  • Use humor to create positive associations with loud sounds
  • Let the child control how loud or soft the music is
  • Use instruments to make this activity fun and motivating
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To read a transcription of this music therapy and special needs video, please click here

This music therapy video of my work with a child with autism illustrates the following...

  • Music can be a effective part of an autism therapy approach and it can help redirect a child
  • Using pauses in music to encourage eye contact and expressive communication
  • Using visual phonetics to help a child learn how to form sounds (
  • Combining music, humor and fun to motivate a child to work on therapeutic goals
  • When working with a child who is non-verbal try limiting the amount of spoken language that you use.  Too much speaking can overwhelm and confuse a child who is non-verbal.

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

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This video shows you how to use music and "Sing and Read" books to practice speech skills as part of a Down syndrome treatment program.  Please sign up for my newsletter full of great musical special education resources at    

This music therapy video illustrates the following...

  • Sing and Read books make it easy for the non-musician to use music to help a child reach their therapeutic goals (Comprehensive
    list of Sing and Read Books:
  • Using slower speech and exaggerated articulation can help a child process speech better and learn how words are articulated
  • Using visual phonetics helps a child understand how to articulate specific sounds (
  • Using dramatic voices can draw in a child's attention and make therapeutic work fun and motivating
  • Using an anticipatory breath combined with wait time is an effective way to let a child know that they are expected to respond

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This video of my work as a music therapist illustrates the following...

  • Using music to address academic goals
  • Following a client's lead to make a musical experience more successful and enjoyable
  • Incororating humor to increase the fun and motivational elements of the activity
  • Using music to get the repetition without the monotony


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