Therapeutic listening is an approach that recognises that listening goes well beyond the ears and is a function of the brain .
The way we listen affects the way we behave , and so to that end therapeutic listening uses sound training together with sensory integrative techniques that don’t just stimulate the auditory system but also help rewire those parts of the brain that enable us to hear . What’s more it can help people who exhibit a myriad of behaviour types .
Therapeutic listening uses electronically modified music with rhythmic sound patterns in order to stimulate and trigger the self organising capacities of the nervous system , and as such , a person’s progression through the program will depend on how they respond at any particular point . In other words , its adapted to a person’s specific needs. We did the home based program and did it twice a day while doing a floor time activity or while doing a physical activity . Our experience with therapeutic listening showed improvements in many areas such as : *better hand-eye coordination which resulted in better hand writing , better coordinated movements , better concentration , less anxiety as well as better articulation .
I am a certified therapeutic listening practitioner and recommend you use the Vital Link website to find a practitioner in your area .
Crossing the midline is an imaginary line down the centre of the body which divides the body into left and right.
It actually refers to the ability to reach across the middle of the body with arms and legs crossing over to the other side.
Crossing the midline is important stage in child development.
A child that doesn’t cross the midline may indicate that both sides of the brain are not communicating well together and this will affect how your child reads and writes.
Here are a few sensory ideas for crossing the midline activities :
Drawing the infinity and using different materials like chalk , whiteboard , foam ,sand etc …
With the Shaving foam I also added shining with a laser pen and tracing the infinity.
Arrange the alaphabet in order , alternating HANDS .(you can also multi-task by adding singing a song while doing it).
Showing the ABC game
Hands to opposite knees while reading the Hart chart:
An Astronaut board is a spinning board used as part of the ‘Astronout theraphy’ created by Sheila Frick, OTR/L, a trainer and workshop instructor with Vital Links, is widely known in the SPD community for co-developing Astronaut Training together with another pediatric occupational therapist, Mary Kawar.
That set of procedures was among the first to formalize the integration of sound therapy with vestibular-visual integrative therapies
(https:// vitallinks.com/course/astronaut-training/) The Astronaut board is made out of wood; it can be purchased as part of the program
or be made with a bit of effort at home.
I have made it for my son to compliment the auditory listening training adding the vestibular input that was required at that stage as we couldn’t get it in the UK.
Let’s start with the materials required:
– 2 separate pieces of 3 cm thick wooden blocks
The bottom block is an octagon shape with a diameter of 40cm (or a radius of 20cm) The top is a rectangle of 50cm on 80cm
– 30 cm diameter Round Lazy Susan Turntable Bearing and 8 matching screws (4 for the bottom and 4 for the top)
– Sand paper
– 20 Nails
– Nice cloth with printed theme
– Stuffing Polyester Fiber For Toys
Steps: 1. Lets start with the top board which will be the one your child will sit on so you would want it make it comfortable
and make sure to polish it slightly with sandpaper to make is nice and smooth.
2. Stick a generous layer of stuffing polyester on top and let it dry, cut a matching cloth (I would recommend a theme your child likes such as Disney character or similar) in our case it would be 60cm on 90cm.
3. Stretch the cloth on the top and turn over the wooden block.
4. Attach the cloth to the wood by nails.
5. Lazy susan is a piece of steel with fixing holes in both upper and lower plates it spins freely and therefore we will use it next to connect the 2 pieces of wood. Mark the center of the octagon piece and fix the lazy suzan to it is right in the middle, you will need to drill an “access hole” on the octagon so that you could screw the top board (rectangle) in through the bottom board.
6. Once the octagon is attached to the baring its time to connect the top board with the remaining 4 screws.
7. Turn the top piece of wood on the soft side, use the access hole to fix the top board using 4 screws placed at even distance away from the center.
Tips: -Add some grease to the lazy Susan bearing to avoid squeaking noise – usually the screws come together with the bearing but its worth checking before
– The pieces of wood were purchased at a local DIY center and cut according to my measurements.
I would welcome questions and comments ,let me know if you find it helpful and what challenges did you come across in the process.