I'm sure there is something to listening therapy, but I don't think it's one of those things that would end up being a 'magic pill' kind of therapy. I think it would need to be done in conjunction with other kinds.
Also, I don't believe that there is an underdevelopement of the inner ear in ALL ASDs. I don't believe that this is the reason for kids doing things like not responding to their names. I know in my own kid's cases it comes down to their inablity to tell whether you are talking TO them or ABOUT them. With Ayla and Jade we have been able to help them understand the differences with agressive therapies and tactics. Eva is still learning. But all three of them have great (even better than normal ) hearing.
My kids all do better with a given task if there is music on, especially classical or other instrumental. But I think that's more because the tempo and rhythm help them pace themselves and the mathmatical quallity to music is somewhat soothing. Ayla says it's like having an anchor that moves with you and keeps you focussed.
Just my copper pennies,
The main reason I chose this therapy was that the "alternative therapy" that was posed to our family, at the time, was medication. My son, now six, was five and in my opinion far too young for medication. He has attention issues, self-regulation problems and sensory issues (among other things). This therapy is done in conjunction with other therapies. It is not a cure all but patients here have shown remarkable progress, including the areas my son needs help in. If you are interested to know how we progress, I am more than willing to give updates as we begin the therapy.
It's just so frsutrating, because there's so little real research done on ANY of the alternatives... So much is in the realm of anecdotes or "of the 12 people studied, 8 improved." OK, 12 people... sounds like good odds, but how did they choose the people? what other therapies were going on at the same time? what were the peoples' diagnoses??
It does sound interesting, and I do agree -- meds for a 6 year old sounds unreasonable!
All the best,