Therapeutic listening is a treatment technique that uses sound stimulation within treatment to improve the vestibular-cochlear system and thus make an impact on the nervous system. Patients listen to specifically altered music using headphones while engaging in sensory motor activities.
- Therapeutic listening may be beneficial if a child has concerns in the following areas:
- Hypersensitivity to things he or she touches, tastes, sees or hears.
- Hypersensitivities to balance and special relationships with other people and objects.
- Has difficulty regulating him/herself, such as having difficulty falling or staying asleep.
- Difficulty identifying the sources of sounds in environment.
- Difficulty looking and listening at the same time.
- Difficulty with coordinating movement on both sides of the body at the same time.
- Lack of coordination (appearing clumsy).
- Approaches tasks in disorganized or inefficient manner.
- Difficulty making eye contact.
- Difficulty interpreting or expressing appropriate facial and body language.
- Difficulty understanding the emotions of others.
- Difficulty expressing wants, needs or emotions.
- Poor ability to focus and sustain attention.
For more information on therapeutic listening, please visit the official Vital Links website.