A listening program can be a component of an occupational or speech therapy plan, or it can stand-alone as the sole intervention plan recommended for your child. These types of programs have gained recognition over the past decade with clinical outcomes demonstrating improved self-regulation, attention, communication, temporal-spatial organization, motor control, visual motor skills, handwriting, and reading. The use of auditory interventions as a therapeutic tool is used at PTP as part of an integrated approach to treatment.
Music based sound stimulation programs originated in the work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis, MD. In the 1950s Dr. Tomatis developed the first auditory training program called the Tomatis Method. Generally, the principles and theories of Tomatis provide the foundation for other auditory stimulation programs.
Currently PTP offers two different types of auditory intervention: Integrated Listening Systems (iLS) The Listening Program (TLP) and Therapeutic Listening. All programs utilize specially modified music, which can be used within treatment sessions and carried over in a home program. They differ in the structure of the program implementation.
Therapeutic Listening is a comprehensive, multi-faceted sound-based approach that involves much more than just the ears. Like other sensory systems, the auditory system does not work in isolation. Neurologically it is connected to all levels of brain function and as a result, it has a vast range of influence. How we listen impacts not only our overall physiology but also our behavior. “Link to TL website”
iLS is based on the fact that we can change our brain – we can essentially re-wire it through specific and repeated stimulation, a concept known as neuroplasticity. As in building strength and endurance with physical exercise, we are able to build neurological pathways and synaptic activity at any age.
iLS trains for brain/body integration through a staged approach, starting with the fundamentals of sensory integration and then extending through more complex cognitive functions, including language, self-expression, and social skills.