Therapeutic Listening

 

Therapeutic Listening is a specific sound-based intervention that is embedded in a developmental and sensory integration perspective. The music in Therapeutic Listening gives the listener unique and precisely controlled sensory information. The music is electronically modified to highlight the parts of the sound spectrum that naturally capture attention and activate body movement, synchronizing it with the environment. Therapeutic Listening uses electronic modifications, along with the organized, rhythmical sound patterns inherent in music, to trigger the self-organizing capacities of the nervous system.”

Source: Vital Links, Therapeutic Listening

It is often thought that the auditory input is the missing link between self-regulation and body awareness.

This modality can help a child listen with their whole body. Once they are able to orient to the music and you, a child will have improved attention and regulation for improved outcomes in academic skills, feeding, sleep, handwriting, and reading.

The headphones used are two-way headphones, so the child is able to hear the music and your voice, therapist, or teacher to help orient to what is sound and what is signal. This modality integrates their sensory systems through auditory input to elicit whole body listening.