Auditory Therapy

Trying to Get Perspective

by Tim on November 29, 2009

These past weeks have been a serious reality check for us. All of us have been sick, hurt, or both at one point or another. Not surprisingly, this has weakened both our physical and emotional defenses. That’s a nice way of saying that we’ve turned into a bunch of grumpy, rundown, sick people who aren’t coping well.

I tend to process things best by writing about them. This has been one of those periods where every time I sit down to write, my brain just locks up like an overloaded computer. If nothing else, I guess it’s made me appreciate perhaps a little of what days are like for those of our kids whose brains are overwhelmed most of the day every day.

It recently became evident that we were losing control of most facets of our life. The J-Man was obviously experiencing some significant changes to his sensory system, and seemingly none of them for the good. He seems to shoot wildly between wide-open, screechy, running around, stimming overload to almost totally shut down. It’s hard for him to find a happy medium. That on top of all of our physical and emotional wear-and-tear and stress so thick you could cut it with a knife, we’ve been fast reaching an unsustainable place in life. And then last week it became really clear that it was worse than we thought. (More on that in a second.)

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Tuesday we tried something with J-Man’s OT called “Therapeutic Listening” (officially, it’s a trademarked term by somebody). You may have come across this under terms like ‘auditory therapy’, ‘auditory training’, ‘listening therapy’, and a host of other terms. I don’t understand how all this works very well at all, and there are different approaches to make things more complicated in learning about it. Here are some sites that give you an overview. I’d suggest reading them in this order: Vital Links (about Therapeutic Listening ®), Tomatis, Berard AIT, and Samonas (whose website layout is a mess, but that’s another matter).

From what I gather, the above methods vary some from one to the other. The following describes what we did for Therapeutic Listening on Tuesday. Any similarities between my description and the actual science and technical bases for any of these methods may be pure luck on my part. Like I said, this is new to me. It’s the end result that left me astonished, and plenty fascinated to learn more about this.

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