To understand who can benefit from Dynamic Listening therapy, it is important to first understand why Dynamic Listening works. At first glance, it appears as if our ears, our eyes and our motor abilities (controlled by the vestibular system) work independently, that each has a discreet neurological pathway that communicates information to the brain. While each system does work independently, these three systems also interact with each other at all times in order to provide the body with integrated information for optimal functioning. The elaborate communication system among these three major sensory systems must process and relay information smoothly and efficiently if optimal functioning is to occur. This communication is achieved through rapid, accurate processing of neurological information from the auditory, vestibular, and visual systems.
At Key to Me Therapy, we use Dynamic Listening therapy (auditory stimulation coupled with sensory integration play activities) to improve an individual’s processing abilities at the neurological level. Tomatis Method auditory stimulation—delivered via digital technology—stimulates both the auditory system and the vestibular system (housed in the inner ear), causing these systems to process information more accurately and efficiently. Sensory integration play activities are then used to augment the benefits of auditory stimulation by actively engaging the other major sensory systems of the body—tactile, proprioceptive, vestibular (stimulated by both sound and movement) and visual. In addition, clients are also engaged socially with both therapists and peers in order to aid in the development of social abilities. Actively engaging clients in socially-engaging and sensory-rich activities helps integrate the information that the auditory and vestibular systems are receiving through the auditory stimulation component of the program.
Can Neurological Processing Be Changed?
Yes, the ability of the brain to change is known as neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to re-organize itself by forming new neuronal connections. Formerly it was believed that this process only occurred in the early years of life, but research has shown that the neuroplasticity of the brain lasts throughout one’s lifetime. For example, when one hemisphere of the brain is damaged, the intact hemisphere often takes over the functions originally governed by the damaged area. The brain compensates for damage in effect by reorganizing and forming new connections between intact neurons. Individuals with developmental issues often have weak or inefficient neurological pathways for processing information. Stimulation of the brain encourages the development of new, stronger, more efficient pathways that deliver more accurate information in a timelier manner. Improved transmission of information in the brain directly impacts the processing aspects of the following disorders: