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What is Therapeutic Listening?

"Therapeutic Listening is a comprehensive, multi-faceted sound-based approach that involves much more than just the ears. Like other sensory systems (visual, gustatory, tactile, proprioceptive, vestibular, and olfactory), 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.

Therapeutic Listening is a specific sound-based intervention that is embedded in a developmental and sensory integration perspective. The music in Therapeutic Listening gives the listener unique and precisely controlled sensory information. The music is electronically modified to highlight the parts of the sound spectrum that naturally capture attention and activate body movement, synchronizing it with the environment. Therapeutic Listening uses electronic modifications, along with the organized, rhythmical sound patterns inherent in music, to trigger the self-organizing capacities of the nervous system."

kidsView uses Therapeutic Listening with kiddos that present with specific needs. The unique approach kidsView takes is to include the outdoors and animal interaction with the use of the Listening Program. Animals and nature provide an increase in sensory experience which magnifies the effective results of the treatment. By organizing all of the sensory input coming in through the body, the brain that is taking in that information will in turn feel more organized. Getting kids outside and interacting with animals significantly increases sensory input.

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