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Autism Therapy : Music Helps Redirect and Motivate an Upset Child

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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.

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.


  • Conor Clerkin Tuesday, 02 October 2012

    This is the first time that I've visited the rhythm tree, and what an amazing and educational introduction it was! I loved that moment when you set aside your own agenda, not quite sure what was going to happen, putting the drum down to the right in the hope that it would open something up - maybe even doing it just to buy you some time - and bang, out of nothing is created a beautiful and spontaneous fun game that completely grabbed the child, and you too by the looks of it! Thank you so much for sharing this with us, and for speaking so articulately and insightfully about it afterward.

  • Ryan Judd Wednesday, 03 October 2012

    Hi Conor, thank you for commenting on that video. I am so glad that you found it helpful!

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