Sunday, 13 October 2013

Using music with your child with ASD

When Franky and I worked at Longdon Hall, which was a residential special school for children ASD and complex communication difficulties, we worked very closely with music therapists. We saw how music could be used to calm, soothe and motivate but also as a powerful means of working on communication skills.

Georgina brought this article, by Ryan Judd, to my attention this week. It makes interesting reading for parents wanting to use music with their children

Ryan Judd is a board certified music therapist with a master's degree in Music Therapy. He has been in private practice and specializing in children with special needs for more than 13 years. Ryan is known for his ability to connect with and motivate the most challenging of clients through music, humor and drama. Ryan is also the founder of The Rhythm Tree, which is dedicated to educating parents, therapists and teachers on how to use music to help children with special needs learn, grow and thrive. Ryan has an educational video blog and has developed an award winning DVD and Music Kit for Children with Special Needs. You can learn more at


  1. When my children (now 18.17 &14) were very young, they would only respond to sung words, not spoken words. We lived in an opera! All 3 children sang before they talked.

  2. Music helps develop our self-esteem: Music is a wonderful way to address many of our needs because music is nonjudgmental. There is no right or wrong, it just is what it is.