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The Listening Program®

“The Listening Program®"(TLP) is a music listening method, personalized to improve brain fitness at any age or level of ability.”(1)  It is a home based auditory training method based on the sound theories of Dr. Alfred Tomatis.  

The brain has an ability to change itself in response to experiences. This is called neuroplasticity and occurs throughout your life. Scientists have found, through functional imaging of the brain, that the entire brain is involved when listening to music, not only the auditory cortex. It affects:

The Prefrontal Cortex:  In charge of abstract thinking and thought analysis, it
  is also responsible for regulating behavior. Additionally, the PFC helps to focus thoughts, which enables people to pay attention, learn, and concentrate on goals.
Motor Cortex: Involved in the planning, control, and execution of
  voluntary motor processes.
Auditory Cortex: The part of the >brain that processes and understands
  sounds. If a person lacks the ability to process sounds, noise seems to be jumbled and meaningless. 
Sensory Cortex: It receives and interprets sense of touch. Among its main
  functions are to interact with the physical environment by sensing temperature, pressure and touch. 
Visual Cortex: Responsible for processing visual information into an image
  that the person sees. The primary visual cortex is responsible for associating these images with items the person knows.
Cerebellum: Controls motor movement coordination, balance, equilibrium
  and muscle tone. It also relays information between body muscles and areas of the cerebral cortex that are involved in motor control.  
Hippocampus: Involved in memory forming, organizing, and storing. It is
  important in forming new memories and connecting emotions and senses, such as smell and sound, to memories. 
Amydala: Involved in many of our emotions and motivations, particularly
  those that are related to survival. It processes emotions such as fear, anger, and pleasure. The amygdala is responsible for determining what memories are stored and where the memories are stored in the brain.
Corpus Callosum: Is a thick band of nerve fibers that divides the cerebrum 
  into left and right hemispheres. It connects the left and right sides of the brain allowing for communication between both hemispheres. The corpus callosum transfers motor, sensory, and cognitive information between the brain hemispheres.
Autonomic Nervous System: The control system that unconsciously regulates
  the heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, pupillary response, urination, and sexual arousal.
Vestibular System: Controls balance and equilibrium and processes sensory
  information and alerts the body to changes in movement via the central nervous system.

Areas targeted for improvement are:

Improved social skills
Improved communication skills
Enhanced ability to focus
Ability to make transitions or changes in  routine easier
Increased engagement in the world
Improvements in sleeping
Regulation of hunger and thirst cycle regularity
Toilet training/cessation of bed wetting
Regulation of mood and energy level (overall a happier child, less irritable,
  less hyperactivity or low arousal)
Improved ability to respond to sounds and verbal directions
Increased participation in and exploration of playground equipment (swings,
  slides, climbing structures)

The program is easily implemented at home. Your child listens to the CD’s for 15 minutes twice daily for 10 weeks. Our TLP trained providers will supervise your child’s progression through the program.

For further information, please visit the TLP website at

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