By Lindsey Blechle, TLC Occupational Therapist
Sound is all around us. We are constantly processing auditory input from our environment. As I type this I can hear cars driving down my street, a train in the distance, the wind coming in my window, my computer humming, birds chirping, and an occasional alert on my phone. It’s a lot to take in as I try to focus on this one task.
The act of hearing is passive; it is simply the ability to sense sound. The act of listening is active; it is the ability to take in and filter out sound. Auditory processing is dynamic; it is how the brain organizes what it hears. Children with sensory processing challenges often struggle with all three forms of auditory input. The act of hearing may be overwhelming when the sensory system perceives sounds as being too loud. The act of listening to directions in a classroom may be challenging when classmates are talking, pens are clicking or the hallway is noisy. For children that are struggling with the act of hearing and listening, processing auditory information correctly at a higher level adds a whole new challenge. I became a certified provider of The Listening Program because of the positive effect I saw the program make in pediatric patients with auditory sensitivities.
The Listening Program by Advanced Brain Technologies (ABT) is a therapeutic music program focused on improving sound brain fitness. The music is performed by ABT’s own award-winning Arcangelos Chamber Ensemble. The music then undergoes neuroacoustic modifications to provide the sound contrast needed to train and improve sound perception. These modifications improve discrimination, reduce sensitivities and direct attention.
The Listening Program modification techniques work with the brain’s plasticity to improve overall function and shows benefits in the following areas:
Perception Attention Memory
Motor coordination Language Listening
Auditory processing Spatial awareness Flexibility
Problem solving Decision making Self-regulation
Sensory processing Sequencing Inhibition
Social engagement Creativity Brain health
The Listening Program includes many therapeutic programs to target specific areas of intervention:
- Level One – balanced training adaptable for all listeners that focuses on all frequency zones (full spectrum, sensory integration, speech and language and high spectrum). This is the best program for children with sound sensitivities and the most recommended for TLC Learning Center’s pediatric population.
- Sleep – sound neuroscience for a restful night’s sleep
- Sound Health – Music of Learning, Music for Concentration, Music to Relax, etc.
- This music can be played over speakers and throughout all environments
- Music for Babies – Sleepy Baby, Peaceful Baby, Playful Baby and Cheerful Baby
- Spectrum – foundational training with a focus in the sensory integration frequency zone, for the extreme sensory sensitive listener.
- Achieve – intermediate to experienced training with a focus in the speech and language frequency zone.
The Listening Program is now available at TLC Learning Center as another therapeutic tool for our pediatric clients.
For more information visit The Listening Program, or contact TLC for information on occupational therapy and The Listening Program.