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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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!

 

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!

 

Better Sleep: Practical Tips for You and Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

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A staggering 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Many of these children suffer severe and debilitating symptoms and are not able to function normally without a lot of specialized help. If you are a parent perhaps your child is one of them. If not, you likely know a family touched by this often-debilitating disorder.

In my 20 + years researching and developing programs to help kids and adults achieve their extraordinary potential I’ve seen countless kids with autism achieve great things in life.  THERE IS HOPE!

That is the message my dear friend Kristin Selby Gonzalez and the team at the Autism Hope Alliance (AHA) have been working hard to bring you and other families affected by autism. This is one of the many reasons I serve on AHA’s Board of Directors.

AHA is putting on the 2nd Annual Autism Hope Summit May 15-20.  In this free, online event, you’ll discover the latest cutting edge brain and gut science, nutritional therapies, and self-care tools that are so powerful they can curb many of the debilitating symptoms of autism, allowing these kids to overcome obstacles and live happy, healthy, and productive lives.

It’s starting soon, and trust me – you do not want to miss this event! I’ll be speaking Monday, May 15, with host Tom Bohager. The topic will be “Better Sleep: Practical Tips for You and Your Child on the Autism Spectrum”. I’m sure sleep is something you never complain about having too much of, and the solutions you’ll learn in this informative talk may help improve bedtime in your own home. You might want to also check out Sleep Genius, our highly-rated iPhone and Android app that was developed following our team’s research helping NASA astronauts sleep better in space.

Register for this free online event now

Mark your calendar: Monday, May 15th through Saturday, May 20th

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

During the event, you will discover the tools and therapies to help you cultivate a deep, meaningful relationship with your child or loved one, as well as assist them in moving off the autism spectrum.

Register for this free online event now

 

Music Heals: Corebrain Journal Interview

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Dr. Charles Parker recently interviewed me for Corebrain Journal to discuss how music can impact us in meaningful ways. We explored a broad range of topics including autism, early childhood, aging, neuroplasticity, The Listening Program®, and much more.

You can listen to the interview here, and enter a drawing (closes in two weeks), for one of five autographed copied of my book Healing at the Speed of Sound. Please tune in and spread the word if you find the information helpful!

Autism Hope Alliance Summit: Hope with a Plan

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This week I had the privilege of speaking at the Autism Hope Alliance Summit along with 31 of the world’s most trusted physicians, researchers, and therapists.

Thousands of people tuned in from 169 countries, which makes this truly a global event!

The summit is just coming to a close tomorrow, but I thought I would share since you can still catch my talk for free until tomorrow morning titled “Autism and Auditory Hypersensitivity: Causes and Solutions”.

Now they’ve just released all 31 expert audio sessions to the public, through an All-Access Digital Pass that will give you permanent, lifetime access to every audio, along with transcripts for easy note taking and more.

Check out the Autism Hope Summit All-Access Digital Pass HERE

Autism Hope Alliance has provided over $300,000 in special foods, supplements, books, cleaners, toys and other crucial supplies to families across America. They have also provided over $140,000 in scholarships to families to attend a parent training program at the Autism Treatment Center of America and given free lectures to over 4,000 families.

When you grab this unique and special All-Access Digital Pass, your small donation will go to funding more of these wonderful programs. Plus you’ll equip and empower your family with the latest tools, tips, therapies and resources that can help you and your child on your autism journey.

See the Speakers & Topics Included

In full disclosure I’m on the Board of Directors for Autism Hope Alliance, and volunteer my time to this organization because I believe in the cause!