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How Does Music Therapy Benefit Children with Special Needs?

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  • This video pulls together many short clips from my blog to show the benefits of music therapy for children with special needs
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  • Music Therapy motivates communication
  • Music Therapy makes the body move
  • Music Therapy inspires joy and laughter
  • Music Therapy empowers
  • Music Therapy helps address speech goals and academic concepts
  • Music Therapy rewards communication
  • Music Therapy redirects and engages
  • Music Therapy inspires and leads to social connection
  • Music Therapy honors and enlivens a child's spirit

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.


  • Betsy Friday, 05 April 2013

    Thank you! This is beautiful!!

  • Betsy Friday, 05 April 2013

    Thanks! This is beautiful!!!

  • Ryan Monday, 08 April 2013

    Hi Betsy, thank you so much for the compliment! I am so glad that you enjoyed the video.

  • Sadia Tuesday, 09 April 2013

    SUPERB!!! I am getting my son started with music therapy!!!

  • Ryan Tuesday, 09 April 2013

    Hi Sadia, that is great to hear! I hope your son thrives in music therapy. Thanks for the comment!

  • Shari Wednesday, 10 April 2013

    You are absolutely amazing and such an inspiration! I wish all the world could see how you interact with children!

  • Ryan Thursday, 11 April 2013

    Hi Shari, thank you so much for the comment and compliment! You are making me blush over here. I am so glad that you enjoyed this video and I will do my best to keep spreading the word about music therapy and what these kids are capable of accomplishing. Thanks again!

  • Tim Ringgold, MT-BC Thursday, 11 April 2013

    Great job, Ryan! Really inspiring and beautiful to see those intimate interactions on camera.

  • Ryan Thursday, 11 April 2013

    Hi Tim, thank you for the comment. I am so grateful that I could capture and share these wonderful moments with these children. Thanks again!

  • Deborah Spiegel Friday, 12 April 2013

    Love it Ryan. Nice job. When are you offering your CMTE class on music therapy for children with special needs?

  • Ryan Friday, 12 April 2013

    Hi Deborah, thank you for the comment! I am working on getting this class together. I will definitely let everyone know when it is ready.

  • Abbie Ehorn Friday, 12 April 2013

    Wow, this was just beautiful. thank you for sharing and for the work that you do. What lucky kids to have you!

  • Ryan Friday, 12 April 2013

    Hi Abbie, thank you so much for the comment! I am glad that you found us.

  • Julia Sunday, 21 April 2013

    Dear Ryan you are a very special man with a wonderful gift. The world needs more people like you.
    Thank you for sharing this information I have just completed a two year diploma of art therapy and
    during the course we briefly touched on music therapy. Wonderful stuff! Keep up the good work. Cheers Julia

  • Ryan Monday, 22 April 2013

    Hi Julia, thank you so much for your kind words. You're making me blush over here! Art therapy is a wonderful field. I have been fortunate enough to co-treat with art therapists at an amazing special needs camp called Adam's Camp. There are locations in Colorado, Alaska and on Massachusetts. If you ever get a chance to work at one of these camps, I highly recommend it! Thanks again for the great comment!

  • Becca Wednesday, 24 April 2013

    Ryan, I am getting so much inspiration from your work! Just got a new job in Early Intervention. I have alot of instruments and songs in my head. Thank you for the uplifting work you do and for making it available to me as I learn this new work

  • Ryan Monday, 29 April 2013

    Hi Becca, thank you so much for your comment and kind words. I am so glad that are finding my posts helpful. I will keep them coming!

  • Albena Redanska Thursday, 16 May 2013

    Ryan – you are an inspiration to everyone who works with special ed kids.
    Thank you , thank you for your blog!!::D

  • Ryan Friday, 17 May 2013

    Hi Albena, you are welcome! Thank you so much for the comment and the compliment! It is my pleasure to share the brilliance of these children with all of you.

  • Brita Darany von Regensburg Thursday, 22 May 2014

    Very well organized and inspiring.
    Can you recommend a music therapist in the Bridgeport/ Trumbull/ Norwalk ( Fairfield County ) area?

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