Music therapy is an effective way to work with kids who have special needs. Music therapist Ryan Judd demonstrates 5 music therapy strategies.

Music is an effective way to promote learning in kids. That’s why the ABCs are set to music, why School House Rock tunes remain successful decades after they first appeared, and why music therapy is an effective intervention for kids with special needs.

Meet Ryan Judd

Ryan Judd is a certified music therapist who blogs at The Rhythm Tree. He posts weekly video blogs to show parents and professionals how to use music therapy strategies with children who have special needs. He explains and demonstrates the techniques thoroughly and keeps them so simple, his ideas can be used by people who can’t carry a tune in a bucket.

5 Simple Music Therapy Strategies You Can Use

Judd’s blog about creative and easy ways to make music with a child who has special needs caught my eye. In it he explains and demonstrates how to execute these 5 music therapy strategies:

  • Use simple percussive instruments to connect and bond with a child
  • Create music with a child with autism to increase eye contact and facial referencing
  • Use motivating instruments to help a child with special needs gain communication skills
  • Adapt traditional melodies so that you can personalize them to your child’s or client’s needs
  • Create rhythm to further engage a child while singing with him or her


Ryan explains each technique at the beginning of the video post and demonstrates it’s use with a young boy who has autism. The little guy becomes visibly more engaged as they work together. It’s fascinating stuff you won’t want to miss. So hop on over to Creative and Easy Ways To Make Music with a Child with Special Needs to see for yourself.

Music Therapy and Your Child

Has your child benefited from music therapy? How? Would you recommend other parents pursue it for their kids? Why or why not? Leave a comment about your experience if you like!

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