"Therapeutic Listening" is a sound-based intervention that is embedded in the sensory integration perspective. This modality is especially helpful in children with:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Learning, Attention & Auditory
- Processing Difficulties
- Speech & Developmental Delays
- Motor Problems
Therapeutic Listening has evolved from clinical work built on a foundation of developmental and neurological principles. It can be effective for a variety of functional skills ranging from basic arousal, sensory modulation, and motor planning to focused attention and academics.
Therapeutic Listening can be implemented in a variety of settings although it is primarily a home-based program. It is individualized for each client and with the guidance of a trained practitioner can be easily implemented by caregivers. Therapeutic Listening in conjunction with OT/PT/SLP sets up the body and the nervous system for emergent skills and has been found to decrease the time necessary to meet treatment goals.
Benefits Related to Sensory Integration. You will see improvements with:
- Sensory Modulation
- Auditory Defensiveness
- Tactile Defensiveness
- Gravitational Insecurity
Benefits Related to Skill Development:
- Increased Attention
- Organized Behavior
- Self Regulation
- Postural Control
- Bilateral Coordination
- Motor Planning
- Fine motor Control
- Oral Motor/Articulation
- Social Skills
- Visual Motor Integration
The therapist trained in planning a therapeutic listening program brings forth an understanding of each child's difficulties, electronic modification of each CD, sound patterns of music and the impact that each CD can have on sensory processing, attention and learning. Musical selection is divided into 3 categories/stages: Engagement, Interaction and Discrimination. The child will use the selected CD 2 times per day for 30 minutes. On average, they stay with each CD for a 2 week period of time. However, the amount of time in each stage may vary depending on the severity of the child's difficulties. A clinical assessment is done at the beginning of the program as well as at the end so that changes may be documented. In addition to use of the CDs, a clinical home program is also integrated based on the child's individualized treatment plan.
For those appropriate children our clinicians may utilize "Therapeutic Listening" techniques as a modality during our treatment sessions.
However, our clinicians can also offer "Therapeutic Listening" as a private pay service.