Listening Therapies

There are at least a half dozen well-known listening therapies on the market that say they can help everything from autism to ADHD. Most have not had definitive research done on them, so it is unclear if they help or not. There are a lot of personal stories that these therapies have a dramatic impact. The consensus really seems to be that you won't know if it will help until you try it.

Listening Therapies

There are at least a half dozen well-known listening therapies on the market that say they can help everything from autism to ADHD. Most have not had definitive research done on them, so it is unclear if they help or not. There are a lot of personal stories that these therapies have a dramatic impact. The consensus really seems to be that you won't know if it will help until you try it.

The chart below gives a brief description of some of the more popular listening therapies.

If you know of others, please contact the CAPDsupport administrator to have them added. Feel free to put comments in our CAPD Therapies Message Board about your personal experiences with these therapies.

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Auditory Integration Training (AIT)

DURATION: 20 half-hour sessions, 2 times per day in practitioners office (10 days total)

RESEARCH: Some formal research has been done, but experts claim there was fault in the research methods. Many case studies that show positive benefits.

AIT was developed by Dr. Guy Berard, a practicing otolaryngologist in Annecy, France. Dr. Berard originally invented AIT to rehabilitate disorders of the auditory system, such as hearing loss or hearing distortion. After 30+ years of clinical practice and study, Dr. Berard has determined that distortions in hearing or auditory processing also often contribute to many behavioral or learning disorders. He has successfully used the AIT method to help individuals with ADHD, sensory issues, autism, dyslexia, hyperactivity, learning disabilities (LD), language impairments, PD, CAPD, and depression.

Dr. Berard's website

Patient Results

FAQs about AIT

Success Stories by Diagnosis

     

EnListen®

DURATION: 30-40 hours of listening time over a 3-4 week period. Can be done at home or in a practitioner's office.

RESEARCH: Many testimonials of positive results, but does not appear to have completed any formal research studies.

Based on the work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis, EnListen® is a therapy that exercises the Voice-Ear-Brain connection. As part of the emerging field of listening training, EnListen® programs train the ear to better attend to, locate in space, and distinguish between sounds of language, music, and noise. Changes in processing translate into changes in academic performance, self esteem, and emotional intelligence.

Overview of EnListen® on the SLC (creator's) website

Testimonials

     

The Listening Program (TLP)

DURATION: Typical program is 15 to 30 minutes per day, total of 50 hours. Some choose to repeat the program.

RESEARCH: Several studies have been done that show the program is a success. See TLP studies.

The Listening Program® (TLP) is a music-based auditory stimulation method that provides engaging brain stimulation to improve performance in school, work and life. It has been shown to be very effective in helping individuals that have distortion of auditory perception. They use psychoacoustically modified music which is thought to stimulate or 'exercise" the difference areas of the auditory system. Through this exercise, the brain is helped in the processing, storage and retrieval of auditory information.

Children, teens, adults and seniors can use the program in the home, classroom or workplace. Completely portable and easy to use, The Listening Program fits easily into anyone's schedule and only requires 15 to 30 minutes of daily listening.

The Listening Program Site

Case Studies

Research

     

Tomatis Method

DURATION: There are 4 phases to the program consisting of a total of 90 hours of listening over 45 days with breaks between each phase.

RESEARCH: Research has shown very positive results. Many case studies also show benefits.

The Tomatis Method is based on the work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis, a French Otolaryngologist. The purpose of the Tomatis Method is to assist and accelerate the development of listening skills, language and communication. While still considered experimental in the U.S., in Europe it has seen such high success insurance companies will ocver it as a tereatment for learning disabilities. Dr. Tomatis based his theory on the belief that there is a difference between "hearing" and "listening", and utilizing his therapy the skills of listening will be improved. Listenting is the skill that people with CAPD are challenged with.

Overview

     

Therapeutic LIstening (TL)

DURATION: Two 1-month phases with 1/2 hour, 2 times per day, 7 days a week. Done at home.

RESEARCH: Some research has been done. Case studies show positive benefits.

Therapeutic Listening® is a listening therapy that combines physical activities whiles listening to specially modulated music using biaural headphones. Therapeutic Listening can impact sensory modulation, attention, behavior, postural organization, and speech and language difficulties. Therapeutic Listening is always implemented under the direction of a trained therapist (usually an OT).

Therapeutic Listening Site

Research/Case Studies

     

Samonas Auditory Intervention

DURATION: The therapy is designed specifically for the individual.

RESEARCH: Formal research has been conducted and shows positive improvement with this therapy.

Samonas is an individualized sound therapy program that combines the essential elements of music, sound and science in specialized recordings. Through 20 years of research Ingo Steinbach developed a system offering solutions for a variety of learning disabilities. The music used is scientifically and artistically structured, and the program is customized for each individual.

Overview

Research

Testimonials

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