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How Does Music Therapy Benefit Children with Autism?

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There are many ways in which Music Therapy benefits children with Autism. This video illustrates that music therapy can help with:

  • Improved Communication including:
    • Speech
    • Articulation
    • Sign Language
    • Use of Electronic Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices such as a Yes/No app on an iPad or something more complex like a Dynavox system
  • Social Skill Development such as greetings, turn-taking, joint attention and eye contact.
  • Self-Expression - This can be particularly powerful with a child who is non-verbal. Music Speaks Where Words Fail!
  • Behavioral Skills  – Creating songs and musical stories about appropriate behavior.
  • Social-Emotional Skills– Singing songs that teach a child how to identify feelings and how to cope with “big” emotions.

Other ways that Music Therapy benefits children with Autism include:

  • Motor Skill Development - These can be gross motor movements such as jumping or fine motor movements such as a two or three finger pinch (pincer grasp)
  • Academic Goals - Putting academic information into a song format so that recall is improved.
  • Sensory Regulation - Calming music, the use of rhythm, and instrument play can all help a child feel organized and grounded.

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.

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  • Emmah Monday, 23 October 2017

    Excellent work& good passion. Can I partner with you? I am a special needs Teacher

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