Therapeutic Listening- The Listening Programme
Therapeutic Listening is a comprehensive, multi-faceted sound-based approach that involves much more than just the ears. Like other sensory systems, the auditory system does not work in isolation. Neurologically it is connected to all levels of brain function and as a result it has a vast range of influence. How we listen impacts not only our overall physiology, but also our behavior. Music gives the listener unique and precisely controlled sensory information.
The main reasons for introducing this approach are to improve:
· poor attention
· difficulties interacting with peers and limited play skills
· challenges with transitions or changes in routine
· difficulty communicating (both verbal and non-verbal)
· struggles with sleep, bowel and bladder control, and eating
· trouble following directions
The music in this program is electronically modified to highlight the parts of the sound spectrum that naturally capture attention and activate body movement, synchronizing it with the environment.
Certain classical music, like that of Mozart, Hayden and Vivaldi, has specific structure, producing sound waves in organised patterns. Within these patterns are vital elements, including time, frequency and volume. When listening to music, the ear is receiving the musical sound waves - waves that arrive in different frequencies, measured in Hertz (Hz). These frequencies stimulate the brain and thus affect different functions.
The assessment and choosing from the range of music is selected by the students. They are able to then go on to experience the music across the day whilst they work through headphones.
At Marlborough School we also play a selection of the music in the corridors to encourage calm and support smooth transitions around the school.