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Music Therapy and Special Needs : How to Help a Child with Motor Skill Development

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This music therapy video with a child with Angelman syndrome illustrates the following:

  • Using instruments can be a great way to address fine and gross motor skills
  • Mirroring a client's instrument playing can increase attentiveness and can be a great way to connect and bond with a child
  • Playing instruments with children with special needs can encourage eye contact

To read a transcription of this music therapy video blog 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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