Therapeutic Listening is a structured program of listening to specially designed music that is individually selected for each client by a trained therapist. It is a helpful therapy for those with sensory processing disorders such as autism or attention deficit disorders (ADD or ADHD), and those suffering the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome.
Potential results from Therapeutic Listening
Therapeutic Listening begins in a clinic setting during a therapy session, eventually moving into the home once the child is able to tolerate music during sessions. It involves listening to modulated music two times per day with three hours in between sessions at home.
The music stimulates the vestibular/cochlear system, the attending and organizing mechanisms of the middle ear, as well as the interconnections throughout the central nervous system and autonomic nervous system, which provides the foundation for temporal-spatial organization for all other senses.
The duration of program can be two to six months or longer depending on child. As with all other treatments for the human nervous system, results will vary among individuals. Some changes you may see in your child include:
- Improved emotional state
- Improved bowel and bladder function
- Improved sleep patterns
- Balanced eating patterns with awareness of being full
- Increased attention and awareness to sounds with a decreased sensitivity to sound
- Decrease flight/fright response i.e sensory defensiveness
- Improved self regulation
- Improved transitions
- Improved spatial orientation
- Improved posture
- Improved motor coordination
- Improved body in space awareness
- Improved motor planning
- Improved laterality and bilateral skill
- Improved eye-hand coordination
- Improved handwriting
- Improved emotional expression
- Improved social skills
Equipment needed at home:
Portable CD player with volume control and a shuffle mode.
A specific type of headphone is needed to provide the sound quality necessary to make Therapeutic Listening effective. Your therapist can give you more information on how to purchase these.
A CD belt or fanny pack
Specifically designed CDs that range in price from $40 to $50. These CDs are available for loan at a discounted price.
Therapeutic Listening has been integrated into a sensory processing model by Sheila Frick, OTR. Page includes information obtained from: "Questions Frequently Asked by Parents, Vital Links 1999" and "A Brief Introduction to Therapeutic Listening, Vital Links 2006"
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Please let us know if finances are an issue. There are resources available to help fund this program for your child.
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