During the last 13 years the use of sound therapy has enabled many of my students to make faster progress, releasing them to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. If you have explored this website, you understand that sound therapy is the applied use frequencies (especially arranged and engineered recorded classical music) applied to the inner ear and the brain with bone conduction amplification. It sounds like listening to beautiful music, but over months of regular listening it can be powerful.
Today I am writing about progress of a particular 6th grade student, Aiden. Aiden has a diagnosis of Intellectually Challenged and has a speech impediment. In the past year he showed good progress through the iLs Focus programs. Then we decided to take a higher step. With a custom-designed iLs ProAmp program for six weeks, his progress really ramped up.
Following are some of Aiden’s mother’s comments.
- September 9: He asked his aunt to take him to get his mother a birthday present and used his own chore money to buy it. On his mother’s birthday, he was the first one to wish her "Happy Birthday!" in the morning and gave her hugs repeatedly during the day.
- November 12: Aiden has a new interest in board games. He is coloring with his sister. He actually stayed overnight for a sleepover. He used an appropriate “thank you” to his auntie. His vocabulary is expanding.
- November 15: Aiden is asking about college! The family visited the College Living Experience in Austin. Aiden said he wants to live in an apartment on campus. [This shows motivation and planning.]
- December 6: Aiden demonstrated a clear understanding of opposites for the first time. His speech therapist said that his articulation is much better.
- December 13: The improvements continue. Aiden is paying attention to conversations around him. He is much more confident and is becoming very independent. He engages verbally with people much more. He is open to new things and new foods. He is completing his bedroom routine and getting to bed independently. He helps “babysit” the younger children when mom is at home. Aiden is showing more age-appropriate maturity and staying on top of his chores.
- January 17: Mother reports that he is not a picky eater this week. Aiden really got into the Cowboys football game!
- January 24: [my notes] Aiden entered my office with good eye contact and said “Hello, how are you?” He read a mid-first grade level book with good inflection, showing good comprehension and much improved visual memory for words. His fluency and articulation while reading were much improved. He enjoyed reading and dramatizing his voice for some of Fox’s antics.
Witnessing his progress brings much joy and satisfaction to those of us who know and love Aiden.
Every student has unique needs, and sound therapy brings different results for each person’s uniqueness. I’m happy to be able to assist and to witness my students’ progress getting “unstuck” and moving forward into a more productive and satisfying lives.
Is your family affected by autism? Many are finding that their autistic child or adult responds positively to sound therapy, neuro-scientific programming in which filtered frequencies are applied to the brain through specially recorded music. Over time, sound therapy causes new synapses to form, improving the brain in specific, deficient areas.
As you may know from reading this website, I am an Integrated Listening Systems sound therapy provider. iLs’ new program, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP), is a 5-day program, one hour each day, which parent and child can do at home with SSP equipment/music (a rental from Austin Learning Solutions). The Safe and Sound Protocol is being used with autistic spectrum clients and has also shown very good results for children and adults with anxiety.
Dr. Stephen Porges designed the SSP to calm the autonomic nervous system. This calming effect brings balance to disregulated emotional and physiological systems, allowing the child to feel safe. The “fight or flight” response is diminished, enabling the Social Engagement System to open up. The child’s ability to communicate and interact with family and others can progress. This enhances the efficiency of following therapies.
You may read more about the Safe and Sound Protocol here: http://integratedlistening.com/ssp-safe-sound-protocol/.
Be sure to read David's story (a student with Down Syndrome), on the same SSP page. Clinical use of the Safe and Sound Protocol is showing great results for both autistic and non-autistic clients. This link shows two columns about Pre- and Post-SSP state: http://integratedlistening.com/ssp-safe-sound-protocol-clinical-resources/.
Hope this is helpful! Please forward this to someone you know who may benefit from the Safe and Sound Protocol.
Most mothers save Valentines from their children, I’ll bet, and I found a sweet one today.
I share this with you, parents of my students who have varying challenges, because of its priceless expression of love and of the creativity of dyslexia. Challenged children have gifts to develop and share with the world!
Fox, the child with dyslexia who created this for his mother, Rebecca Warren, is a little older now. In 2012, Rebecca initiated the Virginia chapter of Decoding Dyslexia, a national organization.
A sweet Valentines Day to you all!
The month of October honors people with dyslexia, to promote awareness of this affliction which can also be a gift. Yes, with the many children and adults I have met and worked with, I have seen giftedness in different areas, particularly in the spatial arts, such as drawing, creating freehand magnificent structures from plastic building blocks, and engineering.
The Dyslexie font, which was created by The Netherlands’ Christian Boer as his final thesis in graphic design for Utrecht Art Academy. He sought to make life easier for anyone with reading problems. Boer designed the Dyslexie typeface with specific changes which makes it easier for dyslexic readers to distinguish between troublesome letters (such as b, d, p, and q) and even to be able to see punctuation more easily.
You can see examples of dyslexie and download the font (free of charge for home use) here: dyslexiefont.com
I’ll send you to the website now, so you may explore for yourself.
Recent neuroscientific breakthroughs provide insights into therapeutic means of rewiring our brains. Neuroplasticity is the ability for our brains to change their structure and function by creating out new pathways—such as by learning new ideas and skills—and strengthening these pathways through repetition and practice. Our neurons process and transmit information through electrical and chemical signals that pass across synapses, small gaps between neurons. The infographic below from Alta Mira, a San Francisco-area rehabilitation and recovery center, explains how neuroplasticity works.
New research has revealed that neuron production can continue throughout a human life span. Neuroscientists have discovered effective ways to guide the process of neuronal growth and to repair areas of the brain that are slowed by developmental delays or are damaged by injury. Cognitive training or brain conditioning can help repair these areas of the brain to change addictive behaviors and improve information processing, motor function, memory, language skills, problem solving, and more.