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Music, Movement and Autism

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This music therapy video with a child with autism illustrates the following:

  • Tailoring education and therapy to a child's learning style can help them succeed
  • Combining music and movement can be highly engaging and motivating for a child with special needs
  • Create personalized movement songs by putting your own words to a traditional melody such as "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain"
  • Once you find a motivating music and movement activity, use it to help a child to learn and communicate
  • Music and movement activities can be used to expand a child's use of language on an Alternative and Augmentative Communication Device
  • You don't need to be a musician to use music to help children with special needs

 To read a transcriptin of the Music Therapy Video Post, 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.

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  • Betsy Huffstetler Monday, 25 February 2013

    I love this! I've been doing this for years with my 17 yo with autism. He loves music. It has helped with transitions, developing routines, calming, relationship building, extending interactions, taking turns, and most of all ... having fun together! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Ryan Sunday, 03 March 2013

    Hi Betsy, thank you so much for the comment! I am so glad to hear that you are using music with your son. It sounds like it has been very beneficial and I love how you stress having FUN together! Thanks again.

  • Heidi Ehrenreich Friday, 01 March 2013

    Another way to expand is to take the sound 'EEEE" he is making and use it. I am a dance/movement therapist and speech/language pathologist. Watching your video brought back memories of my work with kids with ASD over the past, are you ready?- 43 years.

  • Ryan Sunday, 03 March 2013

    Hello Heidi, thank you for your comment and excellent suggestion. Your experience is amazing! I'm sure myself and all of my readers could learn a lot from you. Thanks again!

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