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Music Therapy and Autism : How to use Music to Teach Social Skills

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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.


  • Kathryn Turner Saturday, 09 November 2013

    Absolutely adorable and engaging! Wish you were in Southern California. Our daughter is in her 2nd year of weekly intonation therapy. She stopped talking at age 4. She is now 11 and spoke this past month, for the first time in 7 years, "Dad" "Mom" [said her own name] and almost said "Open." I applaud your work and will share with the Music Therapy Center in Encinitas, CA.

  • Linda Jedrzejek Monday, 11 November 2013

    Hi Ryan,
    Thank you for this informative video! I was wondering if you drew the stick figure people with the bubble for your "ok/not ok" image or got the images from a website? Thanks again for sharing your fantastic ideas!!

  • Ryan Tuesday, 12 November 2013

    Hey Linda, thanks so much for the comment and question! I just went to Google Images and grabbed it. Here is one site that has it.

    I hope that helps!

  • Amy Wednesday, 13 November 2013

    You totally inspired me to be the best music teacher for my students. I applaud your energy and efforts in creating lessons that are meaningful and purposeful to your students.

    It is not often when master teachers like yourself find the time to personally inspire people like me. Words cannot express how grateful I am to have found you, your methods and your videos. Keep up the great work!

    Music Teacher on Long Island

  • Ryan Wednesday, 13 November 2013

    Hey Amy, thanks so much for your kind words! I am so glad that you are finding these videos helpful and inspirational. It's comments like these that keep me going. :)

  • Gerri Porterfield Wednesday, 13 November 2013

    Absolutely wonderful. It is I love what you have done. I am an Early Education Teacher and really love this for not only autistic, but for all children we educate. I am also a professional artist who has a passion for therapy for all exceptional and gifted people.

  • Ryan Tuesday, 17 December 2013

    Hi Gerri, I am so glad that you liked my post! Thank you for the comment. :)

  • Kerry Cornelius Saturday, 23 November 2013

    Ryan! This is an awesome social story. I especially love the app; I'm downloading Story Creator as I type. My students will love it!!

  • Ryan Tuesday, 17 December 2013

    Hey Kerry, I am so glad that you like this social story! I hope you get a lot of mileage out of this app!

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