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Music Therapist Teaches You a Great Song for Special Needs

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As a board certified music therapist, I love using music to make learning fun and engaging.  Here is a great song for working on prepositions and location concepts.

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.


  • Kerry Cornelius Tuesday, 01 April 2014

    Ryan, thanks for this! I was just about to write a song with these concepts for a client when I saw your blog post. :) I love it, especially because it can be used with older clients and still be age appropriate.

  • Lilya Wednesday, 02 April 2014

    Hi! I already left you a comment on Youtube but I'm a Psychology student about to travel to Sri Lanka to volunteer in special needs and I'm really hoping to focus heavily on Music Therapy. I have nearly no experience in it, and nor do I know the language, but I'm seriously banking on you teaching me everything I know. You rock Ryan! (Although due to travel restrictions, and my poor ability, I can't take a guitar so I'm relying on any other instrument) :)

  • Carol Thursday, 03 April 2014

    Beautiful, Ryan! Your rapport, energy and creativity is inspiring! You really make it look like fun!

  • Mathias Oni-Eseleh Friday, 04 April 2014

    I would like to have you on my Radio show to discuss this. Can you call me to discuss. This is very interesting

  • Tanya Sunday, 06 April 2014

    Hi Ryan,
    Music is a great motivator, and I hadn't thought about the repetition aspect. I especially liked your advice on waiting for the child to respond. I am a grandmother of a hemispherectomy child. She appears typical, so often even the therapists prompt her to answer without allowing her time to process. Thanks so much. Tanya

  • Terry Sunday, 06 April 2014

    Great ideas and patience, Ryan.

  • Amanda Wednesday, 09 April 2014

    Incredible!!! Great job! Very inspiring!
    I would definitely like to see more!!
    Thank you so much for your efforts!! It's a blessing !!

  • Amanda Wednesday, 09 April 2014

    Definitely a thumb up!
    I almost cry, when this young man wit DS hit the drum!

  • Gloria Wednesday, 09 April 2014

    Appreciate you emphasizing the wait time required for our students with special needs to respond! An observation - the client was not included the actual "music making" that was taking place...and I think that's a trap we all fall into. Just an observation and my thoughts. :)

  • Amy Kalas Buser Wednesday, 09 April 2014

    Awesome video Ryan! I just wrote a blog post on the use of silence during music therapy and you demonstrated this BEAUITFULLY while you were waiting for him to say "under." Thanks for sharing this video!

  • Rubina Friday, 23 May 2014

    I like the video very much. I am a special need teacher ,can I get the lyrics of your poem over, unere , behind the drum.

  • Wrenn Compere Saturday, 09 August 2014

    Ryan, thanks for these videos, they're so helpful! Particularly valuable are the clips with clients. I am someone who learns best from seeing something happen in real time, so this part of what you share is exceedingly helpful. Being patient enough with the wait time is a goal of mine. My tendency would be to hop back in too soon in an effort to "help" the client, or to avoid my own perception of awkwardness. Of course this only interferes with their attainment of goals. So thanks very much for this material!

  • Nancy Swainhart Saturday, 06 September 2014

    Great ideas. I'm an experienced music teacher in the elementary school, but this is the first year I've had a group of 5 students with special needs. Your website is going to be a great help.

  • Ryan Judd Wednesday, 25 March 2015

    Hi Nancy, I am so glad that you are finding these resources helpful!!! Best of luck with the rest of your school year.

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