In the past several years, I have used The Listening Program with numerous students who are on the autistic spectrum. We (the parents and I) have been very pleased with the results from using TLP.
A good example is Blaire (not her real name), a 3rd grade child, who first entered my office clutching her “blankie” and a stuffed animal. She wanted to sit on her mother’s lap during the first sessions. Blaire read at first grade level and would not speak above a whisper, unless she was angry with a sibling. I recommended TLP Spectrum with Bone Conduction and The Learning Ears Program.
Within two months, Blaire was speaking in a soft voice, not whispering, and her reading was improving rapidly, with instruction. One day toward the end of her individualized program, Blaire entered my office chattering and belly-laughing with her little brother. She was making good social and academic progress at school, a much happier child.
From March to November of 2012, testing showed that Blaire's skills made strong improvements. These are some of the most notable changes.
- Her Working Memory improved the equivalent of 3.7 years.
- Auditory Processing also up 3.7 years.
- Logic/Reasoning improved 5.7 years.
- Word Attack skills improved 5.4 years.
Blaire's mother reports that she loves school now, has been on the honor roll and even asked to be in the choir. Great progress for a child who would not speak above a whisper!
The Listening Program is a key part of my therapeutic practice for students who are on the autistic spectrum or who have other learning issues. I “don’t leave home without it”!