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Sound stimulation and regulation in children

Here at The Listening Centre, we recognize that listening training has a regulating effect in children. Our director, Paul Madaule, has written on this subject. Here is an overview of how The Listening Centre's approach impacts children with hypersensitivities and children with under-responsiveness.

Children who demonstrate hypersensitivity to sound, or who display tactile defensiveness, react well to Listening Training. The sound sensitivity progressively decreases in the first case, and in the second, the children become more tolerant of physical contact. Along with greater sensory tolerance comes an improvement in the self-control of affect. Moodiness, for example, tends to decrease. Furthermore, temper tantrums occur less frequently and, when they do occur, tend to be less intense. Also, what triggers the tantrum tends to become more evident to others, less 'out of the blue'. Some of these children become toilet trained spontaneously.                 

The child's activity level also becomes more self-regulated. The 'hyper' child tends to calm down and fidgeting decreases. The 'hypo' child, on the other hand, tends to become more energized, more 'with it', 'aware', and 'ready', often with a corresponding increase in motivation. Finally, for children who come to us with a diagnosis of ADD (either with or without hyperactivity), Listening Training offers an effective, non-drug alternative. 

Have a look at Paul's full article:            

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