Auditory intervention programs provide progressive training across four frequency zones, stimulating different brain areas and their related functions. The auditory system is connected to many systems throughout the body and mind. Because of this, sound therapy can have extensive effects on supporting social & emotional function, auditory processing, executive function, creative expression, motor coordination, and stress.
In our learning center we have found auditory stimulation to be effective in improving many academic issues such as; communication, comprehension, attention, memory, reading, spelling, speech, language, and learning challenges.
The purpose of auditory stimulation is to “re-train” parts of the brain involved in learning. Auditory processing issues are often the result of a lack of healthy stimulation, which causes an auditory perceptual distortion. Illness or injuries such as ear infections can cause auditory processing problems, which can lead to academic and social challenges.
Sound stimulation of auditory pathways provides the brain with healthy frequencies. This is done with music and sounds that have been specially modified to fully stimulate the auditory system in order to take in a full spectrum of sound frequencies. Because sound vibrates through our entire body, sound therapy can have positive physical, emotional, and mental effects.
Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) is a sound stimulation program that integrates the vestibular, visual, and auditory systems simultaneously. In our own clinical experiences we have found that when you add auditory and vestibular stimulation to remediation, the improvements increase greatly. This is because each of these three neurological systems talk to and receive information from the other two systems at all times. The elaborate communication system between these three major senses must be coordinated smoothly and efficiently for optimal functioning to occur. This communication is achieved through what is called an integrated system: auditory, visual and vestibular (balance). Combining an auditory program with specific visual and balance activities, iLs strengthens neurological pathways and improves our ability to learn and to process information.
The iLs Expressive Language Program is designed to help people with various aspects of auditory processing skills. These skills consist of decoding of sounds, sequencing of sounds, speed of processing sounds, auditory memory, auditory figure ground (amidst background noise), and dichotic listening (left and right ear perception and processing).
Samonas Sound Therapy, Spectrally Activated Music of Optimal Natural Structure, is a scientifically and artistically structured auditory intervention program that uses music, voice, and nature sounds to re-map and restore the brain’s ability to process sound. The Samonas recordings use spectral activation, which enhances the upper frequency range of music. This stimulates the brain for active listening resulting in improved communication, learning, and physical coordination. Samonas is a prescriptive filtering therapy.
Sound therapy itself provides exercise for the inner ear and the opportunity for the ear drum to build muscle tone. The ability to select not only the frequencies and filtration, but the music itself, allows the program to affect behavior and body issues through a music therapy approach.
inTime is dynamic, rhythm-based music created for anyone looking for changes in focus, rhythm awareness, timing, and adaptive responses to stress. It offers an organic compilation of original compositions based on a blend of world music with diverse percussion, string, and wind instrumentation. This accents the power of rhythm and sound frequencies. inTime provides listening training and fun movement activities using body, drum, and voice to help keep the beat and flow with the rhythms of daily life. inTime’s signature sound is achieved through masterful, acoustic recordings of percussive and organically derived instruments made from gourds, wood, natural earth elements, strings, and more.
Your brain-health and brain-body connection depends on rhythm because the brain is musical. Neuroscience has proven through functional brain imaging that music engages more brain areas than anything else, with rhythm being the most important, fundamental aspect of music.
An auditory intervention program is most effective when used together with educational therapy or other programs currently in place. It is not meant to be a replacement for other therapies or medications that have been prescribed by a doctor. When working to remediate educational challenges, it is essential that the professional you choose has experience in your specific area of need, as they will have a variety of techniques to use in order to enhance a sound therapy program. Professionals are also equipped to handle any circumstances that may arise during a sound therapy program and are able to adjust accordingly.