Therapeutic Listening ®

July 26, 2016

What is it?
“Therapeutic Listening ® is an evidenced-based auditory intervention intended to support individuals who experience challenges with sensory processing dysfunction, listening, attention, and communication.”  Therapeutic Listening ® is essentially a tool to help access the nervous system and make positive changes that organize the body. Because the auditory system is closely connected to all parts of the brain, it can have a strong influence on the nervous system (our body’s internal communication system). Therapeutic Listening ® can elicit positive and organizing changes to all senses (touch, movement, visual, auditory, taste). In turn, this can increase whole body organization and thus positively impact your child’s attention, regulation, and learning abilities.

How does it work?
In a nut shell… The music is electronically altered via high pass/low pass filtering, which helps children “tune in” to the music. The musical selections are specifically chosen for each child to elicit a regulated, organized, or relaxed state. Recognizing this novel feeling of being regulated on a frequent basis allows training of the brain to maintain this state. The theory is for children to eventually be able to get to and maintain a happy and regulated state on their own in a variety of contexts. It is designed to compliment your child’s current Occupational Therapy and has been known to drastically speed up progress in all functional areas when paired with a sensory integration approach.

Who benefits from Therapeutic Listening ®?
It has been known to help clients with:
• Poor attention
• Poor self-regulation
• Trouble following directions
• Difficulties with social interaction (including non-verbal communication)
• Difficulties with sleep patterns or bowel/bladder control
• Picky eating
• Over or under-responsive to sensory stimuli
• Difficulties with transitions or changes in routine
• Learning Difficulties
• Decreased coordination skills
• Difficulties with visual motor skills or eye-hand coordination
** It can be beneficial for any age because the musical selections are timeless.  

What’s Involved?
A therapist trained in Therapeutic Listening ® will determine the appropriate musical selection that best meets your child’s needs.  The program is designed for the individual to listen to a specifically chosen modulated album for 30 minutes, twice per day, with at least three hours between listening times.  The musical selections will generally be changed every two weeks to encourage novelty with listening.  The length of the program depends on your child’s specific needs but consistent participation in the program can elicit remarkable improvement in the quality of your child and family’s life!

Interested in learning more?
• Check out Vital Links at to learn more about foundations of Therapeutic Listening ® . There is also a parents section that includes videos of parents describing their experiences and outcomes with Therapeutic Listening ®
• Speak with your child’s Occupational Therapist to learn more about Therapeutic Listening ® opportunities at our clinic



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