Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Therapeutic Listening

We have a little issue of Daniel being easily distracted.
Well lets just say its that....or he is just a social butterfly and needs to know what everyone is doing.
I use to say he was nosy. Now, I am thankful that he is because is is always very aware of what is going on around him and I think it helps him in some ways.

In other ways, not so much. Once you're lost his attention and he sees someone else doing an activity he isn't doing, its very hard to get him to refocus on what we were doing. This is why I'm hoping that the Therapeutic Listing therapy we have just started is going to work.
So we are doing this therapy at home (under supervision from our OT). We will be doing 30 minutes two times a day.

Daniel loves music and likes to listen to the music. He listens to the CD as we are doing another activity, as long as its not the computer or TV. He will stop occasionally during the CD and listen to the sounds and stop the activity we are working on.

We were told not to do the therapy within 3 hours of bedtime. We could possibly see improvement in his sleep/wake cycle, reduction of sensory defensive behavior,improved focus and attention. To read more about this type of therapy (which I might add is NOT very expensive and it can be done at home!) is over at Vital Sounds. Another link that I found was Vital Links

I'm excited to see what comes of this therapy for Daniel.
If you have heard of this or if you use it with your child, let me know what you think.
What CD's are you using? How long did it take before you saw improvements?


Annette (Nathan's Mom) said...

Wow, for a second I thought you were talking about my Nathan. He to is a social butterfly, highly distractable, persistently nosy little boy. Please post more about this therapy as you gain experience. I'd love to hear what you think about it. I'll have to start reading up on it myself because this is definitely an area we have been wanting to address with Nathan.
Thanks for the info and good luck!

kate c said...

funny. we just started this program on Tuesday. We got the cd & headphones from my son's OT. Our main goal is to regulate sleep patterns. We started at 15 mins 2X a day. So far, (& I hate to jinx this) Miles slept 12 hours straight 8pm-8am Tuesday night & Wed night... I can count on my fingers how many times he has slept through the night in almost 3years. not very many. Last night he woke up wet from a leaky diaper but not until 4am - it could have been another solid night... Coincidence ? I don't know !!

Adoption of Jane said...

I think i need to check it out... anything that encourages sleep!!

baby trevor's mommy said...

Hmmmmm...okay so I'm interested. Trevy too with the lack of focus...or social butterfly thing. One of his goals for the last three years is attending to an activity for more than 60 seconds! I'm interested to read feedback from you and others...


Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

I am intrigued. I will be interested to hear how Daniel does with this therapy - please keep us posted!

C said...

Q has many of these traits - needs to know what other people are doing, likes to follow noises, must nail down the emotional state of nearby babies if he thinks they're unhappy. :o)

Hope you guys are hangin' in there. Thinking of you lately. Hugs and Blessings.