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

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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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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

 

Autism Hope Summit: Hope with a Plan

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If you’ve ever felt frustrated or hopeless while dealing with the heartbreaking challenges of Autism, you’re not alone.

More than 3.5 million Americans live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Severe Autism diagnoses don’t need to be a living death sentence. Many of the severe symptoms of Autism can be greatly reduced, allowing these kids to overcome obstacles and live healthy, enriched lives.

My friend Kristin and the Autism Hope Alliance are gearing up to launch the 3rd Annual Autism Hope Summit: Hope with a Plan: Keeping Families Together, Whole & Healthy!

I serve on the board of the Autism Hope Alliance and am honored to be one of the featured guests discussing  Music Listening Therapy: A Sound Solution for Your Child on the Autism Spectrum. 

Learn more about this FREE online event!

Join me and over 25 of the world’s top experts in the field of Autism research and therapies experts for this special online event. You will be guided through high-impact tools, techniques and strategies that have been shown to make a difference for families just like yours.

For 10 consecutive days, you’ll get access to over 25 powerful sessions from the comfort of your own home, computer or mobile device. No travel needed!

The summit is starting soon…  Monday, May 14th through Wednesday, May 23rd. So be sure and register for this free event to reserve your “seat.” My interview will first air on the morning of the 16th.

I also recommend you add these dates to your calendar! This is a potentially life-changing event you won’t want to miss.

Register for this free online event now!

Whether you have a child diagnosed with Autism or know someone who does — your voice and presence in this journey of Autism is vital.

When you join us, you’ll be standing up for what each of us desperately needs in our own lives as we seek wellness and vitality for ourselves and for those we love: responsibility for our own diets, choices for health, support in our relationships, a plan for a brighter future.

Hope IS possible. And it’s now more possible, more real, than it’s ever been before.

I’ll “see” you there!

 

Breakthrough Pain Summit: Online Interview Series

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Dealing with chronic pain can be so discouraging, can’t it? If you’ve sought traditional Western care, it’s likely you’ve been from doctor to doctor, and tried countless medicines and treatments … and you’re still suffering.

The good news is that there is hope! I’d like to introduce you to a new approach—one my friend and colleague Dagmar Bauer-Prigatano specializes in.

She’s offering a complimentary interview series, Breakthrough Pain Summit 2.0: Approaches to Reduce Your Pain, Increase Your Vitality, and Optimize Your Healing Ability. It starts May 14 and you can reserve your spot here:

This May Help.

When you go to the link above and sign up to join us for this series of powerful conversations where Dagmar interviews more than 21 experts including me on our advice on taking a holistic, integrative approach to feeling better, you’ll discover new avenues to deal with your pain. In my interview we chat about using music as a non-invasive tool for pain management.

Dagmar is the perfect person to host this event. She was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and treated with standard Western medical care, but she still didn’t feel her best. She decided to implement integrative medicine—traditional Chinese medicine—and finally regained her vitality.

As an acupuncturist, earning her degree in traditional oriental medicine, it’s her mission to help as many people as possible to find new avenues to get out of pain.

That’s why she’s hosting the Breakthrough Pain Summit 2.0. So if you’re ready to finally feel better, then join us starting May 14! Reserve your spot here:

Feel Better!