Take Massive Action

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There are times when we come to the realization that we must take massive action to change the trajectory of our lives.

If we truly want to make an impact, we must be willing to take risks, be vulnerable, leave our comfort zone and do hard things.

Life is short, level up, don’t regret the things you didn’t do.

It’s ok to stumble, and even fall. Just be sure to keep moving forward on the path to your greatness.


These words and image are from a recent Instagram post I shared following a weekend spent at Powerful U | LA 19.

It is here I had the opportunity to present a couple of breakout sessions with my wife on the power of music, to listen to amazing speakers, and connect with like-minded thinkers who believe in the unrealized potential in each of us.

This is one of many recent events that are part of my commitment to myself to take massive action in all areas of life. One of these actions is to post here more often. And, I hope you’ll find some value in what will unfold…

On the topic of vulnerability, the photo was taken by my new podcast producer. What you see is me speaking on the mainstage of the Los Angeles Convention Center with 1,500+ seats, after I managed to trip in front of the entire audience!

There was a time in my life where that would have been absolutely humiliating. And, I’m happy to say I’ve reached a point where I’m willing to be vulnerable and share that it happened (there is video evidence), and even have a laugh at myself! A dear friend likes to call me Mr. Serious. I want her to know I’m working on that. One step, or trip at a time…

 

New Research Article: The Listening Program Effective In Reducing Auditory Sensitivities In Children

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Yesterday our team at Advanced Brain Technologies announced the publication of a peer reviewed journal article that discusses the unique properties of the acoustically modified music of The Listening Program®. The article also includes a review of the research on the effectiveness in its use for significant improvements in children’s listening, auditory processing, educational abilities, and as treatment to reduce auditory hypersensitivity.

Published in Music and Medicine an interdisciplinary journal, the article Use of Acoustically Modified Music to Reduce Auditory Hypersensitivity in Children appears in Vol 11, No 1 (2019) is authored by Jay R. Lucker, Professor of Communication Sciences at Howard University and myself.

Some children cannot tolerate sounds so their systems “shut down” and stop taking in what they hear, or they fight not to listen or run away from listening situations. Research has demonstrated that the underlying problem is not with the children’s auditory systems, but with the connections between the auditory system (listening) and the emotional system leading the children to have over sensitivities to sound and respond with negative emotional reactions when listening.

 

One treatment which is found effective in helping children with hypersensitive hearing feel safe and comfortable, is the use of specially recorded and acoustically modified music and sound, known as The Listening Program (TLP), which we produce at Advanced Brain Technologies. The recorded music and sounds are carefully chosen and systematically produced to enhance positive emotional and calming reactions during listening. The listening method uses specially recorded instrumental music. The music is acoustically modified to lead the child to react less negatively to sounds and, thus, reduces the child’s hypersensitivity while opening the auditory system to listen more effectively. The article provides a full description of this music listening therapy method which has been used successfully for 20 years.

Following a regiment of daily listening to the TLP music protocol for 15- 30 minutes through headphones, research has demonstrated significant improvements in listening (called auditory processing) and educational performance as noted by greater focusing and listening in the classroom, improvements in educational performance on standardized measures, and greater participation in educational activities.

The Listening Program offers a safe, enjoyable and effective solution for children and adults who exhibit hypersensitivities to sound including those on the autism spectrum, with sensory processing issues, concussions and more. This paper provides detailed information to help the reader understand how the music is created to have the specific effects it does, and to appreciate that TLP is more than music, and how this neuroscience-based music listening therapy uniquely stands apart from other audio-based methods.

The Listening Program is available exclusively through Advanced Brain Technologies and our international network of thousands of trained providers; occupational therapists, audiologists, physicians, speech and language pathologists, psychologists, other clinicians and educators in schools, hospitals, clinics, companies, the military and offering home-based interventions throughout the world. TLP programs are available for use on digital music players and as a subscription-based music streaming service for mobile devices.

Learn more about The Listening Program

Research abstract

Press release

 

 

 

Your Brain is Better on Music

 

Have you ever listened to music to relax, study or exercise? If so, you’ve likely experienced the therapeutic benefits of music. In my first TEDx talk I share how scientifically designed music and neurotechnology can facilitate positive changes in brain chemistry, function and structure through the simple practice of listening. But there is more to it than meets the ear.

Watch, listen and discover why children and adults with autism, sleep, depression, learning, emotional, and stress related difficulties are being helped by the power of music to reveal and access their true potential.

This talk features the neuroscience-based music programs we have created at Advanced Brain Technologies, Vital Neuro, and Sleep Genius.

TEDx Ogden Illumination

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Tonight is TEDx Ogden Illumination and I’m thrilled to be one of the invited speakers.

The message I am sharing is intended to be one of awareness and hope. It embodies our vision, that we have been spreading globally for 20 years.

TEDx Ogden, is another opportunity to touch more lives with this important idea worth spreading… Your Brain is Better on Music

To watch the Livestream, go to the TEDx Ogden Facebook page where you can tune in to my talk and the entire event with other inspiring speakers, entertainment and more.

TEDx Ogden Illumination Start Times                              Alex’s Scheduled Talk Time

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9:00 PM EDT                                                                                10:58 PM EDT

8:00 PM CDT                                                                                 9:58 PM CDT

7:00 PM MDT                                                                               8:58 PM MDT

6:00 PM PDT                                                                                7:58 PM PDT

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Since a direct livestream link is not yet ready you’ll want to login to Facebook and go to the TEDxOgden Facebook page to find the livestream when the event begins. If you do not see it right away, refresh the screen and check the page again.

Given there are 7 speakers and entertainment, my talk may not start exactly at the scheduled time, so it would be a good idea to tune in earlier and be prepared for the talk to start earlier or later then planned.

I hope you can watch this evening (morning and day for many of my international friends) and that you will share the event with people who you want to hear about the value music has to enhance our lives, and the lives of the people we care about.

Tune in to the LiveStream of TEDxOgden tonight!

Not familiar with TED or TEDx talks? You can learn more here.

 

 

The Autism, ADHD, & SPD Summit

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I’m very excited to share that I’m speaking on the Autism, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit (June 11-20) which is live now! 

You can get your free ticket here 

My good friend, Tara Hunkin, founder of My Child Will Thrive, has brought together 30+ of the top doctors, researchers, nutritionists, and therapists for this completely free online conference to teach you exactly how to…

  • Identify the root causes of your child’s symptoms of Autism, ADHD, and SPD
  • Tell you about the latest research and how this can be applied to help your child
  • Put the pieces of the puzzle together so you can help your child thrive now!

The great thing about online summits is you can watch from the comfort of your own home without expensive travel or time away from your friends and family to attend a conference.

Tomorrow, June 12th Tara and I discuss How to Leverage Your Child’s Neuroplasticity Through Music, Rhythm, Movement and Neurotech

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Get FREE Summit Access

And, you can me on a Facebook Live panel on Wednesday, June 13th at 7pmET/4pmPT, where I join other experts sharing amazing insights which you can use to help your child or the children you serve attain their true potential in life.

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A quick reminder of how the summit works when you sign up to watch it for FREE:

  • You’ll get an email each day of the Summit to tell you which of the experts are presenting.
  • Each day’s interviews are on demand for 48 hours, starting from their interview time.
  • All interviews close 48 hours after they open.

You can get lifetime access to the interviews and some extra bonuses here at a reduced price while the Summit airs.

See you there!

Alex