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Therapeutic Listening

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

Listening and hearing are not one in the same. When we listen, we are using our entire body, not just our auditory system. According to Porges (1997), sound stimulation alone facilitates the process of listening and social engagement. 

 

The Listening Program® is a music listening therapy that provides engaging brain stimulation to improve performance in school, work and life. Some children experience problems processing auditory information from birth. In other instances, difficulties may develop later in life as a result of illness, injury or other challenges. The Listening Program® addresses auditory processing by gently providing psychoacoustically modified classical music designed to train the brain to process sound more efficiently. 

  

The meaningful sound vibrations provided by The Listening Program® travel from the outer ear to the middle ear and then to the inner ear. The sound is converted to nerve impulses which move through the brainstem to the brain. The brain can establish new neural pathways and organize new synapses when presented with specific sensory sensation with appropriate frequency, intensity, and duration. Hearing is intimately connected with other sensory pathways within the brainstem and brain. We hear with our entire body and proper sound processing may lead to improvements in many areas, including:

 

•Learning

•Attention and Listening

•Communication

•Reading

•Social Engagement

•Sensory Processing

•Self Regulation

•Musical Ability

•Daily Living

•Behavior

•Brain Fitness.

 

 I highly recommend The Listening Program®.

Social Emotional Development in Infants and Toddlers

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Social emotional development simply refers to a child's capacity to experience emotions and respond appropriately. By learning proper responses to emotional matters, children are more likely to lead healthy, more productive lives as adults. Some aspects of social emotional development include:

 

• Self-confidence and self-esteem

•Attitudes

•Self-control and behavior

•Trust

•Empathy and compassion

•Cooperation and cooperative play.

 

 

Examples of typical social emotional development include laughing and smiling at a mirror reflection (7 months); wanting to be near adults and needing reassurance that a caregiver is nearby (14 months); imitating grown-up activities (16 months); claiming ownership of personal things (mine!) (24 months), and; pretending to be a Mommy or Daddy (24 months).

 

 

The reason for a child to be experiencing a delay in social emotional development is not always clear. Children with Autism especially have difficulty in this area of development. These children often avoid social interaction, prefer solitary play, and have difficulty interpreting body language and reading facial expressions. Children with Autism may say "ow" when they are being tickled or laugh when being scolded. For these children, proper social emotional responses do not develop as naturally as with typically developing children.

 

 

Environmental risk factors have also been known to impact a child's social emotional development. Examples of these types of risk factors include:

•Exposure to infection, alcohol or drugs prior to birth

•Poor nutrition

•Lead poisoning or exposure to other toxins

•Premature birth

•Poor prenatal care

•Life experiences.

 

 

It is important to remember that a child's social emotional skills do not development in isolation. Delays in other areas of development, including communication, motor, and cognition, may impact social emotional development as well.

 

 

Regardless of the reason for a social emotional delay, the earlier the intervention, the greater the likelihood that the delay can be successfully addressed.

Language Acquisition in Babies

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Research by Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at the University of Washington, emphasizes that the most productive period for language acquisition ends around age seven, after which ease of learning sharply declines. Kuhl’s research has played a key role in demonstrating the importance of early exposure to language. Implications of her work are especially meaningful for children with developmental delays and those in the field of Early Intervention.

 

 

 

 

Are six-month old babies sophisticated enough to understand their world? Check out this short video and decide for yourself: Patricia Kuhl: The Linguistic Genius of Babies.