We used to have a lot of meltdowns... intense meltdowns that lasted long enough to leave Little Miss in an exhausted pile on the living room floor. But things have been changing.
Now, before I say anything more, I need to put out a disclaimer. This is our experience and ours alone. I don't know if things will work out the same way for your child and I strongly suggest a healthy dose of skepticism with any new therapy... especially one that is not "mainstream."
Ok... PSA over and done with. Back to the story.
The meltdowns were getting bad. And we didn't know what to do. A friend of ours had tried Therapeutic Listening with her son and raved about the benefits. Since the friend is also a certified Therapeutic Listening therapist and offered to give us a deal, we decided it was worth a try (although secretly, I think my husband just went with it because he was looking for a way to get himself a new set of noise-canceling headphones).
So, what is Therapeutic Listening? The web site says:
Therapeutic Listening is research based tool for treating people of all ages who have difficulty processing sensory information, listening, attention, and communication. Parents, teachers, and therapists have seen significant results by using Therapeutic Listening including:
- Increased Focus and Attention
- Better Moods
- Balanced Energy Levels
- Greater Tolerance to Noise
- Improved Sleep
- Better Handwriting
- Fewer Tantrums
- Less Anxiety
Our first forays into Therapeutic Listening were not fruitful. Truth be told, I didn't notice any changes with Little Miss. That is, until we got to the Peach, Rhythm & Rhymes, and Raspberry programs. Take a look at this:
We started Peach in mid-November. Notice a difference? Us too.
And -- the meltdowns we were having were shorter, less intense -- and Little Miss was becoming able to recover from them on her own. It was amazing.
We've shifted gears into a new set of programs now (kicked off by "Nature Pops") -- so I'll try to keep you posted on how things go.