Therapeutic Listening can impact sensory modulation, attention, behavior, postural organization, auditory defensiveness, speech and language difficulties, and even toilet training. Typically set up as a home program, Therapeutic Listening offers parents the opportunity to significantly enhance their child’s sensory program on a daily basis. Therapeutic Listening is a highly individualized, music based tool that activates listening, to help children tune-in to and respond to their world. Music is altered to exaggerate the sounds that naturally capture attention and tap into the parts of the brain involved in regulating bodily functions, relating to others, and organizing behavior.
At Emerge, we have found that therapy outcomes are improved and the length of time in therapy is often reduced when the child is on a consistent Therapeutic Listening program. Therapeutic Listening is started during therapy sessions and then if it seems to be a good match for the child, headphones and music can be loaned for a short trial. After that, parents purchase the headphones and join the Emerge Therapeutic Listening Library so that they can take advantage of a wide array of music.
Therapeutic Listening is typically done twice daily for 20-30 minutes. Typically the music is changed every 2-3 weeks. In addition to the traditional listening program, Emerge now offers the Quick Shift, with music that can be done over a speaker and is used to address specific desired outcomes.
Talk with your child’s therapist if you would like more information.