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How You Can Use Music and an Articulation App to Help Children with Special Needs

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This Music Therapy video illustrates the following:

  • Combining music with the use of an articulation app such as "Speech Therapy for Apraxia" can be a great way to help a child learn and practice speech
  • Use a traditional melody such as "Brother John" and change the words so that you are getting lots of repetition without the monotony
  • Use visual phonetics to visually illustrate speech sounds
  • Remember to use big, dramatic pauses in your singing in order to prompt your child 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.


  • Heather Friday, 31 May 2013

    Hi! I love watching your videos. Thanks for the great resource! I just noticed one thing and I am not 100% sure if I'm right, but the "B" motion may be a swear word in ASL (bit**). I hope I'm wrong, but you may want to check on that.

  • Ryan Sunday, 02 June 2013

    Hi Heather, my wife and I were cracking up yesterday when we read your comment. :) We immediately went to youtube to see if I was accidently teaching swear words to my client. Close, but the sign for "bit**" starts at the chin and goes sharpy down as opposed to starting at the mouth and going outwards. Thanks again for the comment and feedback!

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