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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.


  • Brita Darany von Regensburg Thursday, 22 May 2014

    Oops! Forgot to add that Fairfield County is in Connecticut .
    You give the children so much personal care to get them to respond and progress. Also your video makes it clear to whomever is
    watching who'd like to cut more autism funding that one-on-one
    instruction with individuals with autism is essential to help them reach developmental milestones.

  • Hermes Soares dos Santos Thursday, 22 May 2014

    My name is Hermes, I live in Goiânia City, state of Goiás, Brazil. I'm music therapist and i work with children with special needs too. I saw my self in your clips and my clients. I agree with the goals Music Therapy can improve in these people.


  • John A. Bruder Friday, 23 May 2014

    This is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing. My aunt is a special needs senior citizen and has always loved music. It has always been one of my passions and now my almost 2 year old daughter shares in this passion.

  • Cynthia P. Thursday, 19 June 2014

    Thank You Ryan. Your video really inspired me. I know by experience children with special needs really respond to music. This really defined it, expanded on it. You put it into words and actions and emotion in ways I hadn't seen , but well explained. Thank You.

  • Janice Vedrode Monday, 29 June 2015

    Ryan all I can say is Thank You once again for the connection. Your work is supurb. You really are amazing and I am sure your students look forward to each time they spend time with you.

  • Ryan Monday, 29 June 2015

    Hi Janice, thanks so much for the comment! I really appreciate your kind words. I feel fortunate to do what I do!!!

  • Tulika Friday, 03 April 2020

    Thanks Ryan ! Very inspiring and great work with special needs kids. I am also doing music therapy with kids and elderly.

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