I have been a provider of the Therapeutic Listening program for many years and I'm here to say that it works wonders!
Therapeutic Listening is a specific sound-based intervention that is embedded in a developmental and sensory integration perspective. The music in Therapeutic Listening gives the listener unique and precisely controlled sensory information. The music is modified electronically to highlight the parts of the sound spectrum that naturally capture attention and activate body movement, synchronizing it with the environment. Therapeutic Listening uses electronic modifications, along with the organized, rhythmical sound patterns inherent in music, to trigger the self-organizing capacities of the nervous system.
As you will see by the video below when sound is introduced to the ear, some amazing things happen in the inner ear and then to the brain. I get made fun of sometimes at how much I watch this video by my husband because it is absolutely amazing to me, just amazing!
- poor attention
- difficulties interacting with peers and limited play skills
- challenges with transitions or changes in routine
- difficulty communicating (both verbal and non-verbal)
- struggles with sleep, bowel and bladder control, and eating
- trouble following directions
- challenges perceiving and navigating space
- poor timing and sequencing of motor skills
- difficulties with irritability, mood
- difficulties with regulating their energy level (i.e. too low arousal or hyperactive)
- postural insecurity (fear of heights, playing on playground equipment)
- abnormal responses to various sensory stimuli (sounds, touch, taste, pain)
- poor praxis and motor planning: coming up with an idea, planning, and completing the task
- difficulty responding to sounds and verbal directions
Nearly every one of my patients get the opportunity to be on this program because I have seen the results and again, they are amazing! If this is something you might be interested in learning more about, please see the link below for more information.