Auditory Interventions

Therapeutic Listening® Designed by Sheila Frick, OTR

Listening is the ability to accurately perceive, process, and respond to sounds. Problems with listening are often part of other perceptual, motor, attention and learning difficulties that affect a large number of children and adults with sensory processing problems.

Sound training consists of equipment, materials and a prescribed program designed to produce specific effects on listening skills. Sound-based technologies combine the therapeutic benefits of music with sophisticated sound technology. These tools allow therapists to approach a child's auditory (hearing and listening) system directly through the use of electronically altered music. The programs offered by The Therapy Place include:

  1. This program is designed for children and adults with:
    • Learning and attention difficulties
    • Auditory processing problems
    • Sound sensitivities
    • Receptive and expressive language problems
    • Perceptual difficulties
    • Sensory integration challenges
    • Developmental delays
  2. Includes electronically altered compact discs used in a prescribed manner. Requires a CD player and good quality headphones.
  3. Combined with sensory integrative treatment techniques, uses a whole body approach.
  4. The listening programs are individualized to each client and are suited for use at home and school.
  5. Maximum effectiveness in treatment outcomes is promoted by daily use.
  6. Typical program may involve two to six month of participation for initial gains.
  7. A typical protocol is listening 30 minutes twice daily, seven days per week for 12-16 weeks.
Integrated Listening Systems® (iLs)

iLs programs “re-train” parts of the brain involved in learning, communication and movement. iLs combines the auditory program with specific balance and visual activities which assists in strengthening neurological pathways, improving the ability to learn and process information. The iLs program directly affects our sensory systems, influencing day to day functions. iLs is used most often to improve:

  • Learning challenges-reading, writing, cognitive skills
  • Developmental Delays such as those found with Autism, Down’s Syndrome and premature birth
  • Rehab for mild brain injury and stroke
  • Stress and sleep related problems

iLs clinic programs vary from 15-40 sessions in length. Sessions are typically 45-80 minutes each, with a frequency of 3-5 times per week.

Home programs are 40-60 sessions depending on the type of program. Each session is 60 minutes, but can be halved into 30 minute segments if necessary. The frequency is 3-5 times per week. Most programs are completed in 8-15 weeks.

iLs programs are delivered through a air/bone conduction system which allows for individual customization.

Integrated Language Program (iLp™)

This program can be used in conjunction with the iLs program to improve specific language skills including:

  • Auditory memory
  • Dichotic listening
  • Auditory figure ground
  • Filtered words
  • Vocal production
The Listening Program®
  1. The Listening Program was created by Advanced Brain Technologies
  2. This is a sound stimulation auditory training method for use in the home, school, or clinic.
  3. The Listening Program was developed collaboratively by The National Academy of Child Development, Advanced Brain Technologies, The Center for Inner Change, and Applied Music and Sound.
  4. The Listening Program is designed for children and adults with:
    • Learning and attention difficulties
    • Auditory processing problems
    • Sound sensitivities
    • Receptive and expressive language problems
    • Perceptual difficulties
    • Sensory integration challenges
    • Developmental delays
  5. The Listening Program uses clinically proven sound stimulation techniques, including, filtration audiobursting and spatial dynamics.

The typical program is listening 15 minutes twice daily, five days per week for 20 weeks.

The Therapy Place is authorized to sell and monitor all auditory interventions listed above.