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Therapeutic Listening: A Tool for Restoring Sensory Systems

 What is Therapeutic ListeningTM?

Therapeutic ListeningTM uses sound stimulation in combination with sensory integrative techniques. Strategies that are emphasized include vestibular, postural and movement strategies. This treatment technique involves listening to specifically modulated and filtered music on compact discs through headphones. Initially treatment is carried out with a trained therapist at Children's Therapy Corner and within a few days 'listening" can take place in the home or school. While the child is "listening" they may be engaged in daily activities or other therapeutic activities. These might include oral motor, respiratory, deep pressure, touch or other activities that facilitate increased ability to perceive sensation and integrate it for use. Other children may be more active, actually jumping, moving through obstacle courses or performing other challenging activities that work on postural control and organization.

The Therapeutic ListeningTM program evolved through the development of listening techniques used by Alfred Tomatis and Guy Berard, French physicians, and then integrated into a sensory processing model by Sheila Frick, a registered occupational therapist.

How does it work?

The vestibular-cochlear system is the attending and organizing mechanism of the middle ear. Therapeutic listening stimulates and exercises this system as well as its interconnection throughout the body's central nervous system.

The vestibular-cochlear system provides the foundation for time and space organization for all the other sensory systems. It is the first system to develop in utero and provides the background rhythm and beat for all other learning.

Individual listening programs are designed to meet each child's needs. The choice of music, listening times and type of activity programs depends on the needs of the child.

Therapeutic ListeningTM includes comprehensive assessment and treatment planning which addresses listening skills in the context of the child's daily life. A typical program may be set for two to six months, however some children continue past this time using several compact discs as part of their sensory diet.

 ~Janet Ringle-Bartels, CTC Director/Owner

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