The Listening Program
The Listening Program (TLP) is a Music-Based Auditory Stimulation method that can be an effective approach for enabling individuals with a broad range of challenges and abilities to achieve even more.
Auditory processing disorder formerly referred to as central auditory processing disorder or CAPD is a hidden handicap. It affects the processing of auditory information although the individual’s performance on hearing tests and even speech audiometry may be normal.
In many children there is a history of delayed language development although language for conversational purposes is often satisfactory. There are frequently problems with spelling and reading and processing complex sentences, or processing language at the ‘normal speaking’ rate.
Many children are referred for dyslexia but are concluded to not have a problem or at borderline to risk. The child’s performance in school is unsatisfactory and educationalists often state that they consider the child ‘could do better’.
Attention wanders and the child is easily distracted, some are often diagnosed with ADD, [attention deficit disorder]. IQ scores are often within expected range and yet the child STILL fails at school. The child may often complain of not being able to hear in the classroom or to follow what the teacher is saying. The issues with sound processing may also show in nonverbal tasks such as music.
Some children are hypersensitive to sound and become agitated or upset in busy places such as in a shop where loud music is being played.
At home and school the child may have difficulty in completing tasks, fail to organise themselves and their work, forget to complete homework or to hand it in at the allocated time and fail to adhere to even simple routines. The disorganisation may extend to poor coordination of body movements and integrating verbal tasks with motor activity. Some will withdraw to avoid drawing attention to their difficulties, others become disruptive. Most suffer from low self-esteem which may be severe.
Some of these problems are due to difficulty in processing sound and others due to an associated verbal information processing problem. There is no single list of features. Each child has a different constellation of difficulties and may have co-concurring problems such as language disorder. AD[H]D, dyslexia, learning disability, and developmental disability, autistic spectrum features. Other family members may also show some of the same or other feature of auditory processing disorder or other attention or learning difficulties.
Assessment is detailed and covers a wide range of tasks to obtain the pattern of difficulties experienced by each individual. The major processes involved in dealing with auditory information are extremely complex. Auditory processing complexity is a continuous multi-modal condition.
[Research Study – The Listening Program]
Treharne, D.A. courtesy of Advanced Brain Technologies
Equipment guidelines have been established to optimise the potential impact of The Listening Program. High quality equipment is recommended due to the importance of preserving special sound qualities and sound processing techniques as well as the full spectrum frequency content contained in The Listening Program. If non-specialised equipment is used the potential benefits of using The Listening program may not be realised.
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