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What is Therapeutic Listening
Vital Links describe listening as a function of the entire brain and goes well beyond stimulating the auditory system. It is a voluntary act. Active listening is dynamic and continually adapting. Listening requires the desire to communicate and the ability to focus the ear on certain sounds selected for discrimination and interpretation. An individual actively listens and directs attention to sounds in the environment with the whole body.
Therapeutic Listening is a comprehensive, multi-faceted sound-based approach that involves much more than just the ears. Like other sensory systems, 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.
Many therapists currently trained in Therapeutic Listening find it an important addition to their Sensory Integration treatment modalities that can increase the intensity and shorten the duration of treatment.
For further information on Therapeutic Listening please click on the Vital Links website which opens a new window to the official Vital Links website and for further details on the accredited training through Brain Sense Therapy here in the UK and Ireland please scroll down.
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The Therapeutic Listening Program® is a music based tool developed by Sheila Frick of Vital Links to help people tune-in to and respond their world.
Anna and Elaine are two Specialist Occupational Therapists with extensive experience working with children, young people, families and adults. They are passionate about using the Therapeutic Listening Program to improve peoples lives and have worked closely with Sheila Frick, OTR the founder of the Therapeutic Listening Program® Both were trained by Sheila to an Advanced level and have been privileged to be chosen to attend her Beyond Therapeutic Listening training in the US.
To help support and develop the use of Therapeutic listening within the UK and Ireland, Anna and Elaine set up Brain Sense Therapy in 2013.
Brain Sense Therapy offers specialist training courses, individualised and group mentorship and supply specialist equipment for therapists and families using or wishing to use the Therapeutic Listening Program®.
Meet The Team
Anna Richardson, B.Sc. (Hons) OT, is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and a graduate of Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom. Anna has experience of working with children of all ages and diagnoses but specializes in the assessment and treatment of with children with complex sensory, physical and communication difficulties aged 0-5 years. Anna works part-time in the NHS and part-time in private practice. She acts as a consultant in supervising therapists in a range of contexts and advising on service planning and delivery.
Elaine Mc Mahon
Elaine Mc Mahon, B.Sc. (Hons) OT, PgCert SI, is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom. Elaine trained in Therapeutic Listening in 2009 and uses Therapeutic Listening across a number of settings including the National Health Service (NHS) and private practice. Elaine has special interests working with individuals with autistic spectrum disorders; emotional and behavioral difficulties, developmental difficulties and delay; and children with hearing impairments.