What is Therapeutic Listening?
Therapeutic Listening (TL) is an evidence-based protocol that is used as an expansion of Sensory Integration. It is an auditory intervention program that uses specially-modulated and filtered sound to impact all levels of the nervous system. Therapeutic Listening uses the rhythmical, organized sound patterns inherent in music to set up the body and the nervous system for an emergent skill. Using this protocol can impact sensory modulation, attention, behaviour, postural organization, motor coordination, and speech and language difficulties, and it can speed up the time it takes to meet specific treatment goals.
Who can benefit from a Therapeutic Listening program?
Children of all ages can benefit from Therapeutic Listening, in a variety of areas, including:
- attention and focus
- mood and energy levels
- sleep/wake cycles
- bowel and bladder control
- organization of behaviour
- postural and motor skills
- bilateral coordination
- fine motor skills
- motor planning skills
- sound sensitivity and sensory defensiveness
- auditory, visual, and vestibular integration
Therapeutic Listening Programs:
A Therapeutic Listening program is incorporated into a Sensory Integrative treatment approach. It combines a sound-based intervention with sensory integrative activities to create a comprehensive individualized program that is effective for diverse populations with sensory challenges. The use of modulated and filtered music in conjunction with other sensory integrative techniques can dramatically increase the effectiveness of both treatment modalities.