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Therapeutic Listening

Therapeutic Listening (TL) is "therapeutic use of an extensive library of electronically altered music on compact discs in combination with sensory integration treatment strategies." Therapeutic Listening uses filtered sound and sensory integrative techniques to improve body and space awareness, decrease sensory sensitivities, assist with modulation/ regulation, and countless amounts of positive effects in body organization and social skills, which are all dependent on efficient sensory modulation. In order to successfully interact with people and things in the world a person must be able to process touch, movement, taste, smell, vision, and hearing and respond appropriately. If any area of processing is over or under sensitive, they will demonstrate dysfunction.

History of Therapeutic Listening

The first "Listening" program began in France by Alfred Tomatis (a French ear, nose and throat doctor) in the mid-1900s. His method is based on filtered sound and the effects of high frequency sounds for varying lengths of time. Dr. Guy Berard, a French MD, trained with Dr. Tomatis and felt the original method was too lengthy. He developed Auditory Integration Training which predominantly uses filtered pop music in which the sound frequencies are electronically distorted/modulated at random intervals for random amounts of time. Since that time many sound therapies have been developed including Sonas, Samonas, Listening Fitness, The Listening Program and Therapeutic Listening. Therapeutic Listening is offered at Kids Can Do, Inc. It was developed by Sheila Frick, OTR/L and is a sound therapy program designed to work with sensory integrative therapy.

Therapeutic Listening Program

With a Therapeutic Listening Program a listener can expect to have changes in modulation (toilet training, sleep/wake cycles, awareness of self/surroundings, focus, and attention), postural tone, motor control, handwriting, spatial temporal organization, and communication. Therapeutic Listening offers extensive choices (depending on individuals needs at a certain time in the program) for modulated CDs in which the music has been filtered (high pass/low pass), which allows a contrast between foreground/background, near/far, and focus/monitory. An individual with a history of ear infections, sensory modulation disorders, sensory defensiveness, lack of social engagement, or difficulty grading responses to sensations would be appropriate for Therapeutic Listening. Therapists certified in TL complete an intensive training course and have experience in constructing a home program/sensory diet to meet your individual needs. Your therapist will design your program in which you will generally listen two times per day for twenty to thirty minutes while following a specialized sensory diet. A typical Therapeutic Listening program lasts approximately 12 weeks in length. In order for the program to be most effective, the child must be actively participating in a sensory diet before and during the program. Therapeutic Listening can be completed at home, school, or while traveling.

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