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Child with Special Needs Shines in Music Therapy

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Music Therapy is a motivating, powerful modality to help children with special needs. Through engaging, creative and expressive musical activities, music therapists typically help children improve in the following areas:

  • Speech and communication
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Sensory Regulation
  • Academic
  • Social skill development
  • Behavioral
  • Social-Emotional
  • Self-Esteem


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.


  • Bob Horney Friday, 16 December 2016

    Really cool, Ryan. Keep up the great work!

  • Ryan Friday, 16 December 2016

    Thanks Bob!

  • Lejla Wednesday, 21 December 2016

    Beautiful. You always inspire my own sessions with great new techniques and creative ideas. Kids love them all. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Ryan Thursday, 22 December 2016

    Thanks so much Lejla! I'm so glad that you are finding these videos helpful!

  • musicteacherjenny Wednesday, 21 December 2016

    Amazing! Thank you.

  • Ryan Thursday, 22 December 2016

    Thanks Jenny!

  • Sharon Davis Wednesday, 21 December 2016

    Ryan...Thank you for your passion, gifts, talents and teachings and for the quality of life that you bring to so many special lives!
    This is also my passion! I am promoting your wonderful sites. God Bless!

  • Ryan Thursday, 22 December 2016

    Thanks so much Sharon! I feel so lucky to have found this path. Thanks for promoting my site!

  • Helen Efron Wednesday, 21 December 2016

    love it Ryan! keep up the good work and merry christmas!

  • Ryan Thursday, 22 December 2016

    Thanks Helen! Merry Christmas to you too!

  • parsuram Thursday, 22 December 2016

    Mr Ryan !
    Namaste ! I am PArsuram a Tabla artist(musician ).
    My 4 years boy has been suffering from Cerebral palsy since his birth. Iam quite worried for his future.

  • Ryan Judd Thursday, 22 December 2016

    Hi Parsuram, thank you for sharing! I hope that you find some helpful resources here that you can use with your son. Best of luck to both of you!


  • Cathy ORourke Thursday, 22 December 2016

    Ryan, I like the way you incorporate different music styles. One question though, I presume that you have permission from that boy's parents to show a video of him on the internet? It may or would not be allowed here in Ireland.
    Like your ideas.
    Happy Christmas.

  • Ryan Thursday, 22 December 2016

    Hi Cathy, I most definitely have a signed, written contract that allows me to use videos of this client. The great thing is that most parents love seeing their kids in these videos since they are uplifting and educational. I'm very sensitive to this though and make sure that it is completely voluntary.

    Thanks for watching!!!

  • Adriana Lizardi Sunday, 08 January 2017

    Hi! I love your work. You inspire me to continue searching and study music therapy. I'm in my senior year of undergrad in Doublebass performance. And I'm looking where to study my masters. Where do you study yours?

  • Ryan Judd Monday, 09 January 2017

    Hi Adriana, thanks so much for reaching out! I went to a school called Naropa University in Boulder Colorado for my master's degree in music therapy, but unfortunately that program no longer exists. Here's a link to a list of schools in the US that offer music therapy degrees.

  • Aimé Jacky Bindom Bilounga Wednesday, 08 March 2017

    Thanks so much our center has got an additonal tool for the help of our children!

  • Mary Zema Tuesday, 28 March 2017

    Awesome video! Do you have any tips for working with non-verbal students. They can generally make sounds, but do not have words.
    Thanks so much,

  • Ryan Thursday, 30 March 2017

    Hi Mary, I like to pair music with sign language or another form of non-verbal communication such as using pictures or an AAC app on the ipad. You can even change the lyrics to a well-known song to include some of the language that you want to address. I hope that helps!

    Best Regards,

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