Therapeutic Listening® as an Approach Not a Program

One of the most unique, yet challenging features of implementing Therapeutic Listening® is that it is not a program, but an approach. It is not a ‘one size fits all’ tool, nor is it intended to be. The essence of Therapeutic Listening® is the practical blend of theory with clinical reasoning. When a practitioner understands the mechanics and foundations of Therapeutic Listening®, it…
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Getting the Most Power Out of a Sensory Diet

Any Internet search will reveal a countless number of activity suggestions for a sensory diet. Yet, what turns these suggested activities into an effective and precise activity regimen capable of influencing your client’s arousal level so that they can maintain their attention and stay organized throughout the day? “Selecting an individually matched activity can be more powerful than picking ten predetermined activities”   …
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Sensory Processing Challenges and Reflex Integration

What does it mean to integrate a reflex? Sensory Processing Challenges and Reflex Integration The primitive reflexes, or primary movement patterns, is a topic area that has generated significant interest and attention amongst allied health professionals. From an Ayers’ (1973) informed Sensory Integrative perspective, the primary movement patterns represent the building blocks for posture, balance, and overall regulation of arousal and affect….
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Tomatis® Convention PowerPoints

I was honored by my invitation to speak at the Tomatis® Convention this past weekend. It was a privilege to be among so many experts and fellow life-long learners. That’s why I’ve made my PowerPoints from this weekend’s presentations available below. If you’re looking for more information on the topics covered in the presentations, I go into much greater depth in my…
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To Wear or Not to Wear Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Many OT’s use noise-cancelling headphones to treat hyper-responsivity to extraneous sound. But this may not be the best long-term strategy. Many clients exhibit hyper-responsivity to extraneous sound. So, it’s no surprise that, in such cases, many suppose the use of noise-attenuating headphones (headphones that muffle or cancel background noise) to be an apt treatment strategy. After all, when treating hyper-responsivity, what could…
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