What is Therapeutic Listening?
Therapeutic Listening (TL) is an expansion ofSensory Integration. It is an auditory interventionthat uses the organized sound patterns inherent inmusic to impact all levels of the nervous system.Auditory information from Therapeutic ListeningCDs provides direct input to both the vestibularand the auditory portions of the vestibular-cochlearcontinuum. The emphasis of TL is on blending soundintervention strategies with vestibulo-proprioceptive,core development, and breath activities so as to sustaingrounding and centering of the body and mind in spaceand time. Providing these postural, movement, andrespiratory activities as part of the TL program is critical.
Therapeutic Listening utilizes numerous CDs that vary inmusical style, types of filtering, and level of complexity.The music on Therapeutic Listening CDs is electronicallyaltered to elicit the orient- ing response which sets up the body for sustained attentionand active listening.
Therapeutic Listening coupled with Sensory Integration tends to speed the emergence of:
- Attention - Organized behavior - Self regulation - Postural control- Bilateral coordination - Praxis
- Social skills - Oral motor/articulation - Fine motor control - Communication - Visualmotor integration