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Down Syndrome Treatment : Easy and Fun Ways You Can Use Music to Teach Speech Skills

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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 http://www.therhythmtree.com/user-registration    

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: http://info.infosoup.org/lists/ReadAndSing.asp?BookListID=29
  • 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 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De5nVclM4Y8)
  • 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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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.

Comments

  • Karen Schwartz~Autism Mom Wednesday, 26 September 2012

    This is superb! Very informative with clever and easy to use techniques.

  • Karen Schwartz~Autism Mom Wednesday, 26 September 2012

    This is superb! Very informative with clever and easy to use techniques.

  • Liz Tuesday, 18 February 2014

    She is just cute as she can be!! I love using books in my MT sessions!! I've also had a lot of success writing melodies to go with books that have rhyming verses.... Thanks for sharing!

  • Ryan Monday, 24 February 2014

    Hey Liz, thanks for the comment! She is super cute, huh? :)

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