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Music Therapy for Autism : Music Motivates Child with Autism to Communicate

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

  • Music is a powerful motivator that can be used to help children with special needs learn communication skills
  • If you are using physical prompts with a child (i.e. hand over hand support), fade the prompts so that the child is independent and successful
  • Apps on the iPad such as this Yes/No app (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/answers-yesno/id337470555?mt=8) can be excellent tools for a child to communicate wants and needs
  • Teaching a child finger individuation and extension skills (i.e. pointing the index finger) is a foundational skill for using augmentative and alternative communication devices (i.e. Dynovox, Springboard, iPad)

To read a transcription of this music therapy and autism video, 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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  • Mimi Sinclair Wednesday, 14 November 2012

    Wonderful demonstration! Thanks for posting.

  • Ryan Friday, 11 January 2013

    Hi Mimi, thank you the comment! I am very sorry that it has taken me so long to reply. This morning, I noticed that my videos were getting commented on and I just figured out how approve and reply to comments. Thank again!

    Ryan

  • romy Wednesday, 12 December 2012

    thanks for the link to the yes/no app - i've been needing one of those!

  • Ryan Friday, 11 January 2013

    Hi Romy, thank you the comment! I am very sorry that it has taken me so long to reply. This morning, I noticed that my videos were getting commented on and I just figured out how approve and reply to comments.

    I am so glad that you found this app useful. I just discovered how to lock a screen on an iPad so a child can not purposefully or accidentley swipe out of a screen. It is has been very helpful with this app. If you want the link on how to do this, send an e-mail to Ryan@TheRhythmTree.com.

    Thanks again!

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