8 Hillcrest Drive, St. Ives NSW 2075 Australia, Phone No.02 9440 0543

WELCOME TO THE LISTENING PROGRAM

Put on a pair of headphones, ease into a comfortable chair, put in TLP CD1, adjust your volume and press play. You will hear Mozart Divertimento #1 in D major K136 as you have never heard before.

The piece sounds familiar, relaxing yet energizing, re-arranged, performed by skilled and sensitive musicians in a unique way. It is as if Mozart wrote another version to guide you to listen, not just to the melody, but to the discrete notes of each instrument.

The violin starts to move through your head, back and forth, as spatial dynamics engage both brain hemispheres to synchronize and work together. You notice the quality of the sound change as gentle filters gradually remove lower frequencies and then attenuate. There is a lighter quality to the music. Your ears focus on the remaining spectrum of sound. You are guided to listen to the higher frequencies. They were always there, but you could never really discern them. Now that you can, they give you energy.

Then the experience intensifies, as audio bursting brings even higher frequencies in and out for fractions and seconds at a time, never the same, always changing. Your brain is being activated; this is novel stimulation, yet comfortable, as the music is highly organized with a structure your brain resonates with.

Now the audio bursting ceases, the filtered music is constant and seamlessly it blends with the full sound spectrum. As the lower frequencies begin to return, you feel your breathing deepen, and your body is relaxed, yet your mind is alert. Fifteen minutes have passed and it feels like the music just began. You yearn for more. What has happened?

Mozart has travelled through your headphones to the outer ear. The ear canal has channeled the sound waves to the middle ear where the tympanic membrane has vibrated and the tensor tympani and stapedius muscles have been exercised, the bony structure resonates. Inner ear fluid moved in waves; the vestibulocochlear system received and translated the mechanical into electrochemical energy that sent impulses through the complex auditory pathways from eighth cranial nerve to brainstem through numerous relays until the cortex was reached.

Circuits of neurons were excited; axons and dendrites reached to each other as action potentials traversed the synaptic gap with the release of neurotransmitter molecules that bound to receptors on the postsynaptic neuronís dendrites. Electrical responses were triggered, and the sequence continued through the entire neural circuit.

The Listening Session has stimulated the brain by providing essential sensory input of sufficient frequency, intensity and duration. The brain is molded and shaped from this opportunity and it is ready for more. The foundation has been laid for more efficient learning, listening and communication.

Improving brain connectivity and our neural networks is vital.

If a child or adult cannot read, doing more reading is not going to fix the problem until the connections needed are made at brain level, clearing the learning pathways and allowing permanent learning to occur. If a child is having problems with speech, while speech pathology is necessary, using this alone will not be as effective as working to change the neural networks within the brain which then opens the necessary learning pathways. The two therapies together open the floodgates for learning, allowing information to be effectively held within the brain and the body to master how to produce the sound.

Common challenges exhibited that can be helped include:

  • Poor organizational skills
  • Easily distracted and/or impulsive
  • Hyperactivity
  • Hypersensitivity to sound, light or touch
  • Dyspraxia/speech problems and language delays
  • Motor, coordination and balance problems
  • Poor posture and/or awkward gait
  • Poor handwriting
  • Poor spatial awareness
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Poor gross and fine motor skills
  • Difficulty learning how to swim/ride a bike
  • Clumsiness/accident prone
  • Confusion between right and left
  • Reversal of letter/numbers and midline problems
  • Quick temper/easily frustrated/short fuse
  • Canít cope with change/must have things a certain (their) way
  • Poor motivation and/or self esteem
  • Depression, anxiety or stress.

If you feel your child, or another you love, is struggling . . . regardless of test results or what others say then come and talk to us. Phone now for an appointment and see what we have to offer.