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.

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Improving Academic Results with The Movement Program

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If you are an educator or practitioner helping children with reading and learning issues I’m sure you are continually looking for new tools that could help your clients achieve better results in a shorter amount of time.

The Movement Program is a just the tool, and I want to show you all the amazing benefits of TMP with a live webinar today, Wednesday, November 8th at 6:00pm MST where I’ll be joined by my friend and colleague  Alan Heath co-developer of The Movement Program.

This free event will cover:

  • The wide-ranging developmental and sensory areas covered by TMP
  • Exactly which clients and students will benefit and why
  • How you can easily become a TMP Provider Affiliate
  • See examples of the TMP movement sequences
  • And much more!

Register now! OR Join us on Facebook Live by going to the Advanced Brain Technologies page tonight at 6:00 pm. To receive a reminder in Messenger before the live feed click on this link and type the word “TMP” in the comments.

The Movement Program is a progressive developmental program geared toward children ages 8-13. TMP has been proven to help children improve their reading, academic performance, and English exam results.

Would you like to know how your clients could see these improvements through The Movement Program? Join us at 6:00pm MST/1:00am UTC this Wednesday, November 8th, for this special live webinar.

Register now! OR Join us on Facebook tonight at 6:00 pm.

To receive a reminder in Messenger before the live feed click on this link and type the word “TMP” in the comments.

Sharing What Works: EEG Info Sits Down With Alex Doman

Kurt Othmer President of EEG Info interviews Alex Doman CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies

I recently sat down at the 2017 Advanced Clinical Summit for a discussion with my long time friend and colleague Kurt Othmer, President of EEG Info, a leader in clinical neurofeedback.

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We share something unique which is standing on the shoulders of our elders, pioneers in their fields of brain science, and attempting to contribute our own experience and perspective to leave the world a better place then it was when we came on the scene. I am grateful for the friendship, and this opportunity to share why we do what we do at Advanced Brain Technologies and our related projects.

We had a wide-ranging discussion that covers many topics, including:

  • The history of music listening therapy and the multi-generational pioneering work by the Doman family that eventually gave rise to Advanced Brain Technologies.
  • The development of The Listening Program® (TLP) and what makes it so unique compared to other methods.
  • How The Listening Program works to “rewire” the brain and helps listeners achieve better results in less time.
  • Who can benefit from The Listening Program.
  • How the rhythm-based music therapy of inTime evolved from TLP.
  • The background behind The Movement Program.
  • And much more…

You can watch this interview by clicking here Kurt Othmer interviews Alex Doman. Feel free to share with friends, family and colleagues so they too can get a deeper understanding of the history and purpose driving Advanced Brain Technologies today.

 

Autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit

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I’m very excited to share that I’ll be speaking Monday, June 19th at the Autism, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit!

⇒ You can get your free ticket here http://adbn.co/childwillthrive

My good friend, Tara Hunkin, founder of My Child Will Thrive, has brought together 25+ 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.

That’s why I’m so excited that Tara is putting this together for you!

My session is about using music to heal your child’s brain, where you’ll learn:

  • Why sound is important to the early development of the brain
  • How sound impacts the ANS and why this is of particular importance to autism, ADHD and sensory processing disorder community
  • What symptoms parents will recognize in their kids when they are struggling with dysregulation/inappropriate development/function of the brain
  • How the ability to calm the sympathetic response through music will help emotional regulation and sleep etc.
  • Why improving the child’s ability to regulate the ANS and sympathetic response will translate to improvements in other areas of health such as immune function
  • What is The Listening Program?
    • What symptoms does it address?
    • How does The Listening Program do this?
    • What can a parent/child expect if they use The Listening Program?
    • What ages do you recommend starting with the program?
    • How long does it take to see results?
    • What types of results can the parents expect to see?
    • How they get access to the program?
    • How The Listening Program complement other therapies?

Make sure to grab your free ticket to the Autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit http://adbn.co/childwillthrive

Join me along with more than 25 expert speakers and get inspired by the possibilities…

Sign up for the Summit for free http://adbn.co/childwillthrive and find the answers you are looking for!

Also, along with the expert talks, there are also free guides and discounts you’ll receive access to if you sign up!

Get your free access here!

 

Consolari

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Alex and Mandy Doman with Swati Dlamini Mandela

If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you’ll know I don’t post much these days. The past year and a half has been dynamic, with a project which will become visible in the future. It is a wonderful time of exploration and creation and I’m proud of what is emerging.

To keep my focus on this project I have had to cut back on writing, my podcast, speaking engagements, meetings, etc. And yet, some opportunities you just have to say YES to!

A few weeks ago my friend Jamie Pabst invited me to participate in what turned out to be an amazing experience. This past Friday I spoke at and participated in a round table discussion for the Consolari Concert Hall. Consolari is a non-profit in Arizona, that will take physical form as a world-class concert hall and campus which promises to touch many lives as a destination for inspiration and healing through the transformative power of music, education, and community.

The vision for Consolari is that of our hosts Christi Worsley and her husband Senator Bob Worsley, that has grown out of the tragic loss of a grandson, and their family’s discovery of the power of music to heal. Often beauty emerges from tragedy.

I was honored to be joined by my wife Mandy Doman who runs Advanced Brain Technologies with me as we shared space and discussions with a room of thoughtful leaders from the worlds of business, policy, finance, music, design, health, and education, each bound together with no cultural or religious boundaries in a forum of infinite possibility.

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Alex and Mandy Doman

It was exciting to share our work and vision for global health through music with this group in a panel discussion with friends Jamie Pabst and Erin Matlock as well as Professors Alex Ruthmann from NYU Music Experience Design Lab and Roger Mantie of ASU.

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Panelists Alex Doman, Erin Matlock, Jamie Pabst, Prof Roger Mantie (Prof Alex Ruthmann not present for photo)

One highlight was getting time with Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Swati Dlamini Mandela who delivered a heartfelt keynote to the group. Given the focus on music we were also entertained by 17 year old piano virtuoso Jarom Martineau performing a piece  by Rachmaninoff, and GENTRI, The Gentlemen Trio who delivered an inspired three part harmony of Amazing Grace.

Looking forward to our continued involvement in Consolari and sharing this incredible venue with you when it takes form in Phoenix. Special thanks to Jamie Pabst, Senator Bob and Christi Worsley, Amy Church Contreras, Mandy Doman, Erin Matlock, Alex Ruthmann, Roger Mantie, and the other wonderful souls we shared the day with.

Which brain areas are involved in music listening?

One of the more common questions we field about The Listening Program® (TLP) is “which brain areas are involved in music listening? I thought I’d take the opportunity to explore this a bit with you here at The Brain Understanding Itself.

The brain is musical; neuroscience has proven through functional brain imaging that when we listen to music, virtually the whole brain is involved.

Music listening not only involves the auditory areas of the brain, but also engages large-scale neural networks including; prefrontal cortex, motor cortex, sensory cortex, auditory cortex, visual cortex, cerebellum, hippocampus, amygdala, nucleus accumbens, corpus callosum, autonomic nervous system, vestibular system, and the enteric nervous system.

TLP helps conduct the neural symphony, connecting the most ancient parts of the brain to the most advanced.

If you are not already familiar with TLP it is an easy, pleasurable and effective method to improve your brain health and performance.  Here’s a great video with clients and professionals who have made  listening a daily practice to help with brain injury recovery, autism, reading, learning, attention, peak performance, wellness and more.

Areas of brain focus The Listening Program is designed to challenge and advance: 

Executive Function
Executive function is an umbrella term for a set of high-level mental processes that control and regulate other abilities and behaviors. They include the ability to initiate and stop actions, to monitor and change behavior as needed, and to plan future behavior when faced with novel asks and situations. Executive functions allow us to anticipate outcomes and adapt to changing situations.

Examples: attention, memory, behavior, organization, time management, self control

Communication
Communication is your ability to exchange information, thoughts, and opinions through verbal and written expression including speech, language, voice and writing; as well as non verbal expression such as gesture, facial expressions, and body language.

Examples: verbal comprehension, oral & written communication, voice quality, reading comprehension, understood by others, understanding body language

Auditory Processing
Auditory processing is your ability to understand and make sense of what you hear. Difficulty processing auditory information can have a negative impact on learning, thinking, communication and relationships.

Examples: listening, following verbal directions, focusing with background noise, comfort with sound, understanding tone of voice, sound discrimination

Social & Emotional
Your ability to relate to others, manage emotions, resolve conflicts, understand and respond to social situations is impacted by your social skills and emotional intelligence.

Examples: self-confidence, compassion, social interactions, interpersonal relationships, mood regulation, conflict resolution

Stress Response
Your body and brain is hard-wired to react to stress to protect you against threats, whether real or imagined. But, if your mind and body are constantly on edge because of excessive stress in your life, you may face serious health problems. That’s because your body’s “fight-or-flight reaction” — its natural alarm system — is constantly on.

Examples: stress reduction, relaxation, less overwhelmed, lower tension, better sleep, reduce nervous habits

Motor Coordination
Motor coordination is the harmonious functioning of body parts that involve movement including: gross motor skills such as walking, skipping, running and throwing; fine motor movement such as handwriting, buttoning a shirt, and keyboarding; and motor planning, the ability of the brain to conceive, organize and carry out purposeful movements.

Examples: balance, body awareness, coordination, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, activity level

Creative Expression
Your ability to express yourself creatively involves original & open thinking, imagination, problem solving, and movement to create something new and/or respond to opportunities.

Examples: musicality, opening thinking, visual arts, creative writing, innovation, problem solving

Based on sound science, The Listening Program® music trains the brain to improve how you perceive, process and respond to the flood of sensory information in our environment today. This leads to personal growth helping you to live a happier, productive, and more fulfilling life.

To learn more please free to visit http://advancedbrain.com or give us a call at +1.801.622.5676