Therapeutic Listening was developed by Sheila Frick OTR, and is based on some of the ideas and technology created by Alfred Tomatis, Guy Berard, and Ingo Steinbach. The auditory system is directly approached through the use of electronically altered music. There are two types of music used in the Therapeutic Listening Program. Both have been electronically activated (modified) to enhance the qualities of the music, which then capture and sustain attention, support sensory processing and improve listening skills.
Specialized headphones that allow the music to be heard along with environmental sounds are used during the treatment session. The choice of music and type of modulation vary depending on the outcomes desired by the client. Most programs can be run in the home and may be in place for 2 to 6 months. After using the program, changes should occur with sensory modulation, attention, timing and space organization, auditory selectivity, behavioral organization, balance, coordination, postural organization, and refinement of auditory figure ground and discrimination.Back to top of page