Therapeutic Listening Fredericksburg & Woodbridge, VA

Therapeutic Listening

Listening plays a vital role in the sensory integration process. In fact, some believe that the auditory system is the ‘missing link’ in sensory integration modalities. It has been reported that using sound-based interventions for clients with sensory processing difficulties can increase treatment effectiveness. The auditory system does not work in isolation but is connected to all levels of brain function and have a vast range of influence.

Therapeutic Listening is a comprehensive, multi-faceted sound-based approach that involves much more than just the ears. 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.

Physical therapists trained in Therapeutic Listening find it an important addition to their Sensory Integration treatment modalities which can increase the intensity and shorten the duration of treatment.

Therapeutic Listening may benefit a wide variety of individuals of various ages who might exhibit:

  • poor attention
  • difficulties interacting with peers and limited play skills
  • challenges with transitions or changes in routine
  • difficulty communicating (both verbal and non-verbal)
  • struggles with sleep, bowel and bladder control, and eating
  • trouble following directions
  • challenges perceiving and navigating space
  • poor timing and sequencing of motor skills
  • difficulties with irritability, mood
  • difficulties with regulating their energy level (i.e. too low arousal or hyperactive)
  • postural insecurity (fear of heights, playing on playground equipment)
  • abnormal responses to various sensory stimuli (sounds, touch, taste, pain)
  • poor praxis and motor planning: coming up with an idea, planning, and completing the task
  • difficulty responding to sounds and verbal directions

This is not a comprehensive list of individuals who could benefit from Therapeutic Listening. Please consult your physical therapist to determine if Therapeutic Listening is appropriate for you.

Please contact us at Fredericksburg & Woodbridge, VA centers to get more information about the Therapeutic Listening Program.