Erik Quinn: The Heart of a Family: Therapeutic Listening

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Therapeutic Listening

I woke up a half hour ago thinking it was three in the morning. I put my contacts in and see that it's after five. Thank God.

Yesterday I received a phone call from Bev, Erik's early intervention specialist, who asked if I would like information on a treatment modality called Therapeutic Listening. Apparently this is something offered at our local hospital. Despite working across the street from the hospital itself for a decade, this is the first I have heard of this. Upon doing some preliminary research into it on the Internet, I read about many facilities singing its praises. There are claims it may improve sleep/wake cycles, toilet training, focus and attention, fine motor skills, communication, hunger/thirst cycles, establishment of body midline, sensitivity to noise, and much more. All of the traits listed to help determine if a child would benefit from the program seemed to fit Erik perfectly. This is a program geared to help children with sensory integration disorder and many other problems. I admit that my first reaction was one of skepticism. I did not find much written on what it actually is. In addition, the name has a trademark beside it, which also makes me wary (after all, so does the ThighMaster). From what I can tell, it involves listening to specially manufactured CDs which contain music with specific frequencies on them while performing supervised movements and activities. Classical music is utilized frequently in this modality of therapy, as it provides the most desired frequencies.

I tend to be a skeptic about anything unless I have some evidence it works and at least a little knowledge about it. There are things on this planet that I know are wonderful but remain a little mysterious to me in terms of how they work, such as penicillin and passenger planes. I do know, however, just enough to have fairly confident faith in them. I'll probably never die of streptococcal pharyngitis, and it's unlikely I'll ever need to use an emergency exit on a jet. Who knows? Maybe listening to a little Bach and moving around will help Erik. The voices in my own head are telling me to go for it.

Note: I have the sudden, unexplainable urge to dig out my old Kiss CDs now. Maybe I'll do a little Therapeutic Listening(tm) of my own this morning before we head off to our classes.

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Blogger Amy K said...

Keep me informed, this was mentioned by Avery's speech therapist just briefly, but I haven't delved into it further. The ST is a bright one, but I remain skeptical of all therapies(:

9:21 AM  
Blogger Kerry said...

This is interesting since music is so important in the WS world. It sounds also like it is a more fun therapy for both of you. Can't hurt! Definitely keep us updated on this!

I had the opposite problem you had today - I wake up thinking it's 6:30 am and it's really 7:45! EEkk... hurry, get Michael out the door in 15 minutes to catch the bus! :)

7:45 PM  
Blogger Lizard Eater said...

Amazing how skeptical we get, isn't it. The "cancer patient world" is all abuzz right now over something discovered in Canada. Not knowing if it's safe, effective, etc, people are so desperate they're taking it anyway. Anytime I hear, "but big business can't make money from this," my eyes glaze over.

By the way, from what I've read, do not watch "The Secret" ... more of the "negative things happen because you pull them to you" stuff.


I think I'm going to go try some Therapeutic Listening of Joey Ramone.

1:54 PM  

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