Riley started Therapeutic Listening last week. She wasn't too thrilled to do it. In fact, within five minutes it was off and she wanted out of there. TL involves a special set of headphones that are openended, meaning she can listen to the program and still hear what is going on around her. The cd's are put into a fanny pack, in order to provide a grounding weight. She is so teeny that we strapped the cd pack around her chest. The cd's are different types of music that have been altered to stimulate different sections of the brain. Lifted from the website Vital Links:
Therapeutic Listening® is a highly individualized method of auditory intervention utilizing electronically altered compact discs in protocols specifically tailored by sensory integrative professionals to match client need. Listening is a function of the entire brain; when we listen, we listen with the whole body.
And from the Kaufma Children's Center for Speech, Language and Sensory Disorders:
A major part of the sensory energy received by the brain comes through the ears. They control balance, body movements and coordination; they permit language; they make us speak eloquently and sing in tune; they even control our eyes when we read and our arm, hand and finger movements when we write. They protect us against what we do not want to hear, starting with the sounds of our own body. Interconnected with several different levels of the brain, the ears act as a double antenna receiving messages from both the body and the environment. They are a link between the world with and the world without. Listening is the ability and the desire to use our ears to bring about the harmony both within us and in our relationship with others.
When listening does not develop well, the harmony is broken. Problems as diverse as speech and language impairments, hyperactivity, depression, autism, feeling overwhelmed or lacking a direction in life may be some of the results. Reading problems such as dyslexia and other learning disabilities have seldom been looked at and treated as listening problems. Perhaps this is why remedial approaches used to help children with such problems are often so frustratingly ineffective.