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Child with Angelman syndrome shines!

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Please share this with others and leave your comments

To read a transcription of this music therapy 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.


  • Stephanie Morris, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist Monday, 14 January 2013

    Thanks again for a wonderful teaching video. I guess what I love most about your clips is how in tune with the client/student you are when working with them.
    I appreciate the fact that you are willing to share and teach on so many levels. I'm also wondering if you are going to see if he likes the sound that would be produced when he slides the blocks together? Just thinking that would be cool and could be another movement he is not demonstrating in this video. I do love his smile and like the joyful face he displays when he is making music! That is what it is all about!

  • Ryan Tuesday, 15 January 2013

    Hi Stephanie, thank you for the comment! I think that moving on to sliding the blocks together is an excellent next step! It requires a higher level of motor control so it would be a nice challenge. Thanks again for the comment.


  • Cherri Wednesday, 16 January 2013

    This is great! I have a son with Angelman Syndrome that is just a few months younger than Nicky. Jimmy has always been hugely motivated by music, especially acoustic guitar. I'm going to share this video with Jimmy's communications therapist. There is definitely communication going on in this video.

  • Ryan Wednesday, 16 January 2013

    Hi Cherri, I am so glad that you found this video helpful and are sharing it with your son's SLP. If you haven't already, please also take a look at: and

    These are also with Nick and illustrate some of the skills that music therapy has helped Nick develop. Thank you for the comment!

  • Carole Friday, 18 January 2013

    GREAT video! Love how you start with the student's goals, use pause times, and follow his lead. Hope it was okay to share this ( Thanks for creating this!!

  • Ryan Saturday, 19 January 2013

    Hi Carole, thank you so much for checking out this video, commenting and sharing! Much appreciated.


  • Judy Saturday, 19 January 2013

    Ryan, Nicky just had the chance to enjoy this clip. He loved it! He did such a great job handing you the picture. The way you wait him out so calmly really works great for him. Thank you!

  • Ryan Saturday, 19 January 2013

    Hi Judy, I am so glad that Nick likes the clip. He has made great progress over the past few months and I am so happy to be a part of his team. Thank you for the comment!

  • Deborah Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Great video Ryan. I really look forward to being in your online class in April!

  • Ryan Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Thank you Deborah! I appreciate the comment. I'm looking forward to the class also!

  • Tock MacInnes Tuesday, 17 February 2015

    Ryan- This is awesome. I'm glad to see that Nick is making so much progress. Next time you see him, please tell him I say hello. I hope that you are well. Best, Tock

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