Therapeutic Listening

Sissy’s Occupational Therapist started her on the Therapeutic Listening program last year. She was having difficulty with communication, bowel and bladder control, irritability and mood and had limited play skills. After she started the listening program, we noticed a huge improvement in all of these difficulties and more.  Here is the information from Vital Links website the inventors of Therapeutic Listening.

Therapeutic Listening is a comprehensive, multi-faceted sound-based approach that involves much more than just the ears. Like other sensory systems, the auditory system does not work in isolation. Neurologically it is connected to all levels of brain function and as a result it has a vast range of influence. How we listen impacts not only our overall physiology, but also our behavior.

Listening is function of the entire brain and goes well beyond stimulating the auditory system. It is a voluntary act. Active listening is dynamic and continually adapting. Listening requires the desire to communicate and the ability to focus the ear on certain sounds selected for discrimination and interpretation. An individual actively listens and directs attention to sounds in the environment with the whole body.

Therapeutic Listening is a comprehensive, multi-faceted sound-based approach that involves much more than just the ears. Like other sensory systems, the auditory system does not work in isolation. Neurologically it is connected to all levels of brain function and as a result it has a vast range of influence. How we listen impacts not only our overall physiology, but also our behavior.

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 electronically modified 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.

Many therapists currently trained in Therapeutic Listening find it an important addition to their Sensory Integration treatment modalities that can increase the intensity and shorten the duration of treatment.

Therapeutic Listening may benefit a wide variety of individuals of various ages who might exhibit:

  • 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

This is not a comprehensive list of individuals who could benefit from Therapeutic Listening.  Please consult your therapist to determine if Therapeutic Listening is appropriate for you.

Vital Links

Below is the link for Vital Sounds where you can purchase the headphones and discs. I urge you to consult your child’s therapist before purchasing and or starting the Therapeutic Listening program.

Vital Sounds

XO,

Stacey

 

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