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Helping a Child with William's Syndrome Tolerate Loud Sounds

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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

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.


  • Shayne Foley Wednesday, 31 October 2012


    What a change from the 1st to 7th session with this child! His energy was completely different in regards to you and the volume of sounds that you both were creating. Great work.

  • Mary Farrell (Play Therapist) Wednesday, 07 November 2012

    Really interesting, thank you for sharing this piece. I'm working with a young client with similar difficulties, at the moment and finding a similar approach to be very successful.

  • Williams Syndrome Changing Lives Foundation Tuesday, 19 February 2013

    Another resource for Williams syndrome is the Williams Syndrome Changing Lives Foundation

  • Ryan Tuesday, 19 February 2013

    Thank you for sharing!

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