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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Genius Foods: Optimize and Protect Your Brain for Life

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I want to share with you a very important webinar about an exciting new book called Genius Foods- Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life, which I highly recommend.

Friday, March 23rd at 1:00 PM EDT, my good friend and science journalist Max Lugavere will join me for a FREE LIVE WEBINAR about Genius Foods which is out everywhere today!

Register now!

After his mother was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia, Max put his career on hold to learn everything he could about brain health. Desperate for answers, he dedicated himself to uncovering the most up-to-date scientific research, talking to dozens of leading scientists and clinicians around the world, and visiting the country’s best neurology departments—all in the hopes of understanding his mother’s condition.

In Genius Foods, Lugavere now presents a comprehensive guide to brain optimization. In it, he uncovers the link between our dietary and lifestyle choices and our brain function, revealing how the foods you eat directly affect your ability to focus, learn, remember, create, analyze new ideas, and maintain a balanced mood.

Weaving together pioneering research on dementia prevention, cognitive optimization, and nutritional psychiatry, Lugavere distills groundbreaking science into actionable lifestyle changes. It’s a two-week plan and lifestyle guide that will shrink your belly and grow your brain. In this webinar you’ll learn about:

  • the nutrients that can boost your memory and improve mental clarity (and where to find them);
  • the foods and tactics that can energize and rejuvenate your brain, no matter your age;
  • how to kick-start a brain-boosting fat-loss method so powerful it has been called “biochemical liposuction”;
  • a technique to improve your fitness (and brain health) in one fifth the gym time; and
  • the foods that can improve your happiness, both now and for the long term.

With Genius Foods, Lugavere offers a cutting-edge yet practical road map to eliminating brain fog and optimizing the brain’s health and performance today—and decades into the future.

Please support Max, join us this Friday and pick up this treasure trove of information for yourself and loved ones.  Click here to Order Genius Foods. My copy just arrived and I can’t wait to dive in!

Are you interested in joining us for this special one-time live event? Register for free. The webinar will begin at 1:00pm EDT on Friday, March 23, 2018.

 

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!

 

25 Ways to Rewire Your Brain for Good

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Science has given us great insight into the brain, and this knowledge has lead to innovative techniques, solutions and treatments.

It has also shown us that the decisions we make now will directly impact our health and vitality as we age.

This is why it’s more important than ever to stay on top of the latest research.

Right now, you can register for a complimentary pass to Brain Summit, an online conference produced and hosted by my good friend Erin Matlock.

25 global experts have come together to present cutting edge information on brain health, mental health, peak performance, neurotechnology, nutrition and much more. And’ I’m fortunate enough to be among this esteemed group of presenters.

You can attend these sessions from your couch, office or your local coffee shop. All you need is an internet connection and either a computer, tablet or smartphone.

This year’s summit is chock full of critical training on topics including the gut-brain connection, biohacking, peak performance, anxiety, depression, longevity, spirituality, neurofeedback, neuroscience, self-improvement and much more.

And as a bonus for registering, you’ll have access to three LIVE panel discussions where you can directly ask the guest experts your questions and get the answers you’ve been searching for.

Click here to save your virtual spot.

Here’s a look at the sessions:

Kurt Othmer: The Power of Neurofeedback

Learn how to use non-invasive neurofeedback to train your brain to function more efficiently.

Alex Doman: Using Music To Rewire Your Brain

Learn how scientifically designed music can reorganize your brain leading to better focus, emotional strength and communication.

Jim Kwik: Super Charge Your Memory

Join resident memory expert and brain trainer to Hollywood A-Listers, Jim Kwik, as he shares the latest tips and techniques to power up your brain.

Trudy Scott CN: The Anti Anxiety Food Solution

How to use specific amino acids and foods to balance your moods, control cravings and ease anxiety and depression.

Rick Hanson PhD: Hardwiring Happiness

Learn how to use brain science to achieve contentment, calm and confidence. You’ll quickly use good moments to build a great brain full of happiness, ease, comfort and self worth.

Sarah McKay PhD: Attention, Focus and Habit Change

Oxford educated neuroscientist, Dr. Sarah McKay brings you the latest research you can use to make lasting change in your brain.

Max Lugavere: Hacking Diet For A Better Brain

#BREADHEAD filmaker Max Lugavere talks blood sugar, grains, intermittent fasting, exercise and biohacking.

Drew Ramsey MD: Key Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower

Discover the Key Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower, Boost Weight Loss and Transform Your Health

Jim Hardt PhD: Peak Performance Through Alpha Wave Training

Achieve new levels of performance, creativity and emotional renewal by using neurofeedback to control your own brain activity.

Mike Meinke: A Musician’s Journey Through Mental Illness

Take an intimate look at the downward spiral and one man’s unique way out.

Hyla Cass MD: Naturally Optimize Your Mind, Mood And Energy

Integrative and natural psychiatrist Dr. Hyla Cass shows you how to optimize your mind, mood and energy by using a drug free, natural approach.

David Haase MD: Tapping Into The Power Of The Mind Body Connection

How to sort through information overload to find the wellness blueprint that is uniquely destined for you.

Amy Morin LCSW: The Keys To Becoming Mentally Strong

Straight from the therapist’s couch, learn how to create habits that lead to deep and automatic emotional strength.

Duilio Menghini: The Life Changing Power Of Forgiveness

How do we forgive those who’ve hurt us so we can free ourselves to live life to the fullest?

John Mekrut: Transforming Ourselves With Technology

Discover how neurotechnology can give us insight into our truest sense of self.

Debbie Hampton: Creating Surprising Purpose From Brain Injury

Learn how to take a devastating loss and turn it into a life of strength and purpose.

Julia Roy: The Smarter Path To Higher Productivity

Learn how to leverage your brain’s natural inclination for performance and productivity at work.

Here’s the link to register now.

And here are the expert panels:

Live Expert Panel #1

Ask The Psychologist

Dr. Drema Dial, Dr. Julie Nelligan and Dr. Stuart Silberman will be live to answer your questions and discuss topics related to behavior, mood, performance, resilience and fulfillment.

Live Expert Panel #2

The Future Of Neurotech

Adam Goyer, John Mekrut and Erin Matlock will be live to answer questions about the future of the industry, marketing and ethical considerations.

Live Expert Panel #3

Ask The Child Expert

Sheila Allen MA, OT, Mariam Herrmann MA, BCET and Pat Mattas RN, CP – BC will be live to answer your questions and discuss topics related to child behavior, education, motivation and life challenges.

Remember, the free broadcast begins this Monday, May 2nd. Sign up today and secure your spot.

Each session will broadcast completely free for 23 hours so no matter where you are in the world, you can choose a time to view them that is convenient to you.

And if your schedule is too busy to attend the broadcast sessions, you can own the videos, audios and transcripts so you can view them at your leisure or review them at a later date. There is an extreme early bird sale going on right now which is 50% off the already low retail price. So, be sure to check that out.

I really enjoyed my interview for the Brain Summit and am looking forward to learning from this amazing group of people. And I hope you’ll join us!

Here’s the link to register one more time.

Autism and Auditory Hypersensitivity: Hope for Relief

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Helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) achieve their greatest potential has been something close to my heart throughout my career. This interest has lead me in many directions including; research, developing scientifically optimized music for brain training, conference presentations, board positions in autism organizations, and writing.

One of my questions has been why do people with ASD so frequently demonstrate behaviors related to sensory over responsitivity (SOR), specifically auditory  hypersensitivity, also called hyperacousis and misophonia? This is a condition that touches not just the majority of individuals with autism, but many others including the so-called “neurotypical”. Sound hypersensitivity can be absolutely debilitating. It is heart-wrenching to see a child or adult suffer pain or perception of pain from everyday sounds.

In the quest to help, I’ve been so fortunate that Dr. Jay R. Lucker of the Department of Communication Sciences at Howard University and I share this interest. For years we have collaborated on research related to this phenomenon. Our first joint article on the topic “Auditory Hypersensitivity and Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Emotional Response” was published in Autism Science Digest in 2012. We then wrote an extensive follow-up to the Autism Science Digest article which is a deeper exploration into the neural mechanisms involved in auditory hypersensitivity which was just published in the peer reviewed journal Autism Research and Treatment.

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Professionals working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may find that these children are overly sensitive to sounds. These professionals are often concerned as to why children may have auditory hypersensitivities. This review article discusses the neural mechanisms identified underlying hypersensitive hearing in people. The authors focus on brain research to support the idea of the nonclassical auditory pathways being involved in connecting the auditory system with the emotional system of the brain. The authors also discuss brain mechanisms felt to be involved in auditory hypersensitivity. The authors conclude with a discussion of some treatments for hypersensitive hearing. These treatments include desensitization training and the use of listening therapies such as The Listening Program.

If you are a parent of a child with autism, caregiver, educator, or therapist who is touched by someone with autism, or you yourself are on the autism spectrum I do hope this latest research article provides some answers, and hope for relief from over sensitivity to sounds.

 

BREAD HEAD: How do we prevent America’s most feared disease?

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Filmmaker and media personality Max Lugavere recently crushed his $75,000 goal on kickstarter, raising over $130,000 to produce a first of it’s kind documentary that explores the impact of our diets and lifestyles on brain health. Based on the results of his fundraising efforts with 1,748 backers including myself, I’d say people want to see BREAD HEAD: How do we prevent America’s most feared disease come to fruition.

Because changes in the brain begin decades before Alzheimer’s symptoms, the absolute best way we can move the needle on this disease is through minimizing risk when it matters most. Max Lugavere is directing this project which includes interviews with David Perlmutter, MD, and many other thought leaders working to help prevent and treat this and other devastating neurodegenerative diseases.

Join me and Max Lugavere on TLP Radio and Podcast tomorrow, March 4th at 8PM EST as we discuss Alzheimers, the BREAD HEAD documentary, and how you can take control of your brain health. Register for an email reminder.

 

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

As a parent to 3 boys, two of whom are adolescents, I’m equally fascinated and perplexed by the inner workings of their minds. To help unravel the mysteries of the teenage brain I’ve invited New York Times Bestselling Author and renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, M.D. for an interview on The Listening Program® Radio to explore the teenage brain. According to Dr. Siegel if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another. Sounds good to me. If you agree, please join us for this free call Wednesday, December 3rd, at 8:00pm Eastern. Register here to receive a program reminder.

More about the program

In The New York Times Bestseller Brainstorm, Dr. Daniel Siegel illuminates how brain development impacts adolescent behavior and relationships from ages 12-24. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children’s lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide. Join host Alex Doman and his guest Daniel Siegel for an enlightening conversation about the teenage brain. This program will help you;

  • Identify changes in the teenage brain responsible for increased risk taking
  • Outline how integration in the brain during adolescence promotes gist thinking
  • Name 4 essential aspects of adolescence
  • Describe an integrated relationship