What is listening?
"Listening is the process of detecting sound and organizing and integrating it for use with information from other senses."
Therapeutic Listening (TL) is an expansion of Sensory Integration. It is an auditory intervention
that uses the organized sound patterns inherent in music to impact all levels of the nervous system.
Auditory information from Therapeutic Listening CDs provides direct input to both the vestibular
and the auditory portions of the vestibular-cochlear continuum. The emphasis of TL is on
blending sound intervention strategies with vestibulo-proprioceptive, core development, and
breath activities so as to sustain grounding and centering of the body and mind in space and time.
Providing these postural, movement, and respiratory activities as part of the TL program is critical
Crash started the Therapeutic Listening Program when he was 2 1/2 years old. I was a little hesitant at first because I knew how much controversy surround the results of the program. After attending a conference on Therapeutic Listening Program by Shelia Frick I knew I had to try it. We found an Occupational therapist certified in the program and began the 30 min listening sessions 2 times a day. We incorporated swinging, crashing, and a variety of other activities designed to increase core strength and respiration, and we did some some positive changes.
- After each listening session he seemed calmer.
- He was able to attend and focus for longer periods of time while wearing headphones.
- His communication skills increased
- He seemed to become more social with other children
- He seemed less sensitive to tactile and auditory information