Therapeutic Listening

Child laying on floor with headphonesTherapeutic Listening is a home-based program that uses sound stimulation to stimulate the areas of the brain that are used in listening and processing sensory information. Therapeutic Listening is used in conjunction with other sensory integration approaches to provide information for the organization of movement, learning, and behavior.

Children wear special headphones that play special music that has been “filtered” or modified in order to expose the nervous system to “low sounds” (related to vestibular and postural functions), “mid-range sounds” (related to key speech sounds) and “high sounds” (related to attention, discrimination and emotional functions) at various times throughout the music track. Music selections range from nursery songs to nature songs, classical songs, and pop songs.

Children with the following needs or diagnoses may benefit:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Sensory processing disorder
  • Central auditory processing disorder
  • Language delays
  • Fine motor delays
  • Social interaction difficulties
  • Learning disabilities

Therapeutic listening can address:

  • Poor attention
  • Difficulties interacting with peers and limited play skills
  • Challenges with transitions or changes in routine
  • Difficulty communicating (both verbal and non-verbal)
  • Struggles with sleep, bowel and bladder control and eating
  • Trouble following directions
  • Challenges perceiving and navigating space
  • Poor timing and sequencing of motor skills
  • Difficulties with regulating their every level, such as low arousal or hyperactive
  • Difficulties with irritability or mood
  • Postural insecurity (fear of heights, playing on playground equipment)
  • Abnormal responses to various sensory stimuli (sounds, touch, taste, pain)
  • Poor praxis and motor planning
  • Difficulty responding to sounds and verbal directions

Form more in depth information about Therapeutic Listening including costs, download our Family Guide to Therapeutic Listening .