Listening programs can be a great addition to a child's treatment plan. They are easily implemented and blend well with activities therapists already plan and do.
Therapeutic Listening is a sensory integration modality sometimes used to treat children with autism and other sensory processing disorders. It uses sound to assist children challenged by difficulties with movement, auditory perception, language and learning difficulties. Therapeutic Listening uses electronically altered music to affect a child's vestibular-cochlear function. The music is specifically transmitted through a high pass filter to allow specific high frequencies to be accentuated and low frequencies to be muted. By using the vestibular-cochlear mechanism in the inner ear, the brain becomes trained to filter low frequencies of sound and tune in higher frequencies, such as the human voice. Therapeutic Listening is often used by occupational therapists in treatment as part of a sensory diet. Therapists who use this technique must be specifically trained in a Therapeutic Listening protocol. The benefits of Therapeutic Listening support previously established goals for the children. Benefits may include: decreased sensory defensiveness, increased receptive language, increased expressive language, increased vestibular function, increased body and environmental awareness, improvement in feeding issues, easement in transition ability, self-regulation and self-expression, and decreased sensory seeking behaviors positively impacting functional goal acquisition. Other effects of Therapeutic Listening can include establishing sleep patterns and calming behaviors.
• Sensory processing modulation
• Regulation and behaviors
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Integrated Listening Systems utilize a multi-sensory approach to improving brain functioning. The program is designed for use at home and in the clinic. The child wears headphones to listen to music that has been designed to help with emotional regulation, as well as sensory processing. This allows the child to think, focus, and learn more effectively. On the headphones, there is a vibration disk used to stimulate the vestibular system while stimulating the auditory system, making it a multi-sensory experience. There are also a series of exercises for the child to engage in while listening to the program that promote balance, bilateral integration, and eye-hand coordination.
• Impulse control
• Emotional regulation
• Sensory processing
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Signs that your child may benefit from one of these listening programs include:
• Excessive talking in class
• Inability to sit still
• Difficulty with time concepts in school
• Inability to complete school work
• Dislike of school
• Increased anxiety and tension
• Low self-confidence
• Increased frustration
• Attention seeking
• Temper tantrums
• Easily upset in new situations
• Oppositional behavior