theraputic listening

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Mon, 12-01-2008 - 10:17pm

Has anyones lo tried theraputic listening? My ds has just started doing this in school. He listens 2x a day, for a 1/2 hr. at a time.

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Tue, 12-02-2008 - 10:58am
We do this and the purpose of ours is to stimuate the different sides of the brain to work together and it seems to really help. My son also said he feels better after a session and calmer along with the fact that his writing is so much better when he is listening to his headphones.
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Wed, 12-03-2008 - 5:09pm

hi-
we are in the process of starting this with kaia, i met with the OT twice, the first time she really just took a lot of info about kaia and told us all about the program. the 2nd time which was monday she put the headphones on with one of the cd's (we are starting with rhythm and rhyme). we just got the cd's and headphones this past week. our current OT doesn't have experience in this program so we had to hire a different OT for this.

we will be officially starting the program when she gets back from x-mas break, i thought it would be harder for her to deal with the break from school since we arent in a real routine then. so we are starting on jan 10th.

i will be very interested to see how things go for her, please keep me posted on your sons progress since you will be a month ahead of me.

alison

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Fri, 12-05-2008 - 9:21pm

Thanks for the responses.


DS says he doesn't feel any different listening to it, but who knows, he will say stuff like that all the time. even if something is helping.


I would love if his handwriting improves, especially if it improved forever.


I thought I saw an improvement in his overall behavior, he seemed calmer, but just when I think that he does the same old

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Thu, 01-22-2009 - 10:12pm

hi-
i wanted to update you on kaia's progress with the therapeutic listening:

she is on week 2 and is almost done with rythm and rhyme. her school (she is in our towns special ed preschool) has seen some amazing changes as well as some setbacks:

The following are changes noted during inclusion and individual OT sessions at school:
Increase attention to tasks at table top while maintaining proper biomechanical alignment of shoulder, elbow and wrist
Increase of hands over her ears in group situations
Increase of high pitched laugh during vestibular and proprioceptive activities
Increase postural activation during gross motor tasks
Speech therapist noted that she was having trouble with S blend sounds and within the last week, she is beginning to produce those sounds

i am also noticing that she is speaking in a much more mature way, she is 4 1/2 and her speech is like a 3 - 3 1/2 yr old. the past 2 weeks she sounds like a 4 year old. i am concerned about her sound sensativity getting worse. i have noticed it at home as well. this was one of the area's we really wanted to target with this program, but our OT said that sometimes you get setbacks and then a new CD will help. i am hoping this is the case.
also the high pitched laugh means she is getting overstimulated so we need to work on that as well.

if you have any questions on this let me know. how is your son doing?

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Sun, 01-25-2009 - 7:06pm

Ty for the update.

My ds continues to have less impulsions and less anger except lately. But he told me he is sad and he doesn't know why, so perhaps sadness playing a part in old behaviors?

So hard to sort out sometimes. However his OT reports that his teacher has seen no effect on attention. I agree he is still active and his attention is still bad.

He was diognosed with depression from a psych. but the neuropscych said no. however when he isn't depressed like during that testing of course she would say no, hmmm hate when they do not listen to parents. just thought I'd throw that out there that the sadness is not neccessarily something new that may have been caused by the theraputic listening.

Keep me posted on Kaia

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Tue, 02-10-2009 - 10:57pm

hi-
i wanted to give you an update on kaia. we are really seeing some amazing changes:

- increased eye contact, this has improved almost to near "normal". kaia was always able to make eye contact, but hasnt been able to "maintain" it. our dr told us this was sensory related. she looks so "normal"- i hate to say that word....but you would never know she had any issues with this anymore.

- food issues: kaia has major sensory and now behavioral issues with food, she will only eat WW yogurt, last week we went out for lunch and there was a different brand available and she ate it with no complaining. she also ate red peppers ( 2 times this week), and a slice of cheese today something she would tantrum about non stop. i did have to give her a reward for both.... but we are heading in the right direction, finally. also she is all of a sudden asking my dh and i what we are eating, she wont try it but she is asking which is great.

her OT says she is seeing much more midline crossing and hyper-extension than she has ever seen. kaia always stays in mid line, again this is a huge improvement.

kaia's speech has matured so much, she sounds so much older and her sense of humor has come out, she is really making us laugh so much. she is also so much more aware of herself and her surroundings than before. she just seems so much more mature, it is giving me so much hope.

i hope the new Cd which we started yesterday will show just as many changes. this one is supposed to help her sound sensitivity which is a big problem for her.

if you have gotten this far, thanks so much for reading
alison

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Wed, 02-11-2009 - 6:13am

I am so glad she is doing so well. My ds continues to about the same rt. now. He keeps saying that his OT says he needs to do it a few more weeks yet. Hes not happy. Im not sure if his behavior is bc of being cooped up so much this winter, but we are seeing some old behaviors emerge.

But he continues to do well with his handwriting, they work on that also, so not sure if it is a good combo of both things. But overall Im pleased with theraputic listening.

Thanks for the update, its neat to see how someone else is doing with this.