In this video, Board Certified Music Therapist Ryan Judd takes us into a session with him and a client to illustrate strategies he uses to help his patients feel calm. He has calming ambient music playing at a resting heart rate (60 BPM) when the patient walks in the room. He fulfills sensory needs for this particular girl by giving her something to chew on and encourages interactivity with her by blowing bubbles. When he has the girl’s attention, he begins using rhythmic clapping to slow the girl’s sensory input and engage with her.
Easy-to-Use Calming Strategies for Autism
By: Ryan Judd
Initial Air Date: Feb 8, 2015