Listening Therapy to
Open the Ears to
Power of Sound to
Organize and Optimize
Processing Through the Senses
How Lollipop Works
Lollipop Listening Therapy® is already “pre-programmed” for you on the i-Pod Touch®. It is all color-coded, visually friendly and user friendly. You just touch the screen to get your daily music, put on the headphones with our Lollipop Listening headband, and then your child is on his/her way to the best work-out their ears have ever received. They are on their way to better listening. For convenience and ease of use, we have you place it all in our Lollipop Listening backpack so that your child’s hands are free to work fine and gross motor skills, work on hand-eye coordination, run around and catch or kick a ball, bounce on a therapy ball, swing, jump on a mini tramp, work on crossing midline activities, or paint, draw, do arts and crafts and just have fun!
Lollipop Listening Therapy® takes the listener through the entire audible spectrum so that it trains the ear and brain to pick up and process sound without distortions, without missing any acoustic information. Perceiving too little information is just as bad as perceiving too much. The object of auditory training is to balance out the auditory system, balance out the neurological system, and create a better listener – one who isn’t under stress to understand incoming information and one who is able to clearly and concisely express outgoing information. www.SoundTherapySystems.com
Lollipop begins with the “Passive Phase” that Dr. Tomatis described as taking the listener back to the time in the womb to set the stage for re-wiring. It is passive in the sense that the listener doesn’t really have to participate and concentrate on the music. Headphones are worn by the child and the music does its job. The modulated music is acting upon the ear and the brain without the listener’s help whereas in the “Active Phase” (see below), the listener actively participates in the therapy with the use of their own voice.
Daily listening on Lollipop can be accomplished in a quick 30 minutes a day, Monday thru Friday. A 2-day mandatory break of the weekend is taken to let the brain assimilate the information. A lot of the changes are actually seen during these breaks. Monday through Friday, the ear will be worked out to a rigorous Mozart medley enhanced through sound engineering techniques and Sound Therapy Systems’ revolutionary E.A.R Formula and EAR-o-DYNAMICS.
With the E.A.R. Formula, the ear is first “Engaged” by the music, locked in, in a sort of “priming” phase to acclimate it to the program. The ear then “Attends” to the music in the rigorous training portion of the program where the EAR-o-Dynamics come into play with various digital processing techniques of the sound waves to pull on the ear muscles exercising them to tone them and train them to locate sound all around the sound field. Finally, the ear recovers from the work-out in the “Return” phase bringing it back to its pre-engaged state having had a wonderful 30 minute workout…without the sweat.
On Fridays, the ear will be given a sort of “last chance” workout before the weekend called “Circuit Training Friday” (CTF). CTF is a more intense program than Monday – Thursdays. It is based on the way a muscle is exercised with bursts of training followed by quick spurts of rest. It is a more intense workout for the ear prior to the two-day rest on the weekend where the brain assimilates all of the week’s information and where the changes are most apparent.
All of the Lollipop Listening Therapy® programs will lay down the frequencies of the audible spectrum so that the brain can start making new neural pathways and reconnecting the listener with language and communication and enhancing sensory integration and auditory processing.
Production of Lollipop Listening Therapy®
There are very specialized digital processing techniques that are employed in the production of this music to render it therapeutic. Sound Therapy Systems employs several neurosonic (brain/sound) techniques to re-educate the ear to listen:
When the listener is taken through all of the frequencies of sound during this program, they stop in different auditory training zones of the audible spectrum to work on unique brain and body functions. Sound Therapy Systems employs the use of filters on the music to separate frequency bands so that the listener’s attention is brought to a specific frequency zone while blocking out other frequency bands. This enables the listener to fine-tune their listening by allowing their ears to only focus on a particular band at a time so that the brain has a chance to make new neural connections and lay down new frequencies.
EAR-o-DYNAMICS is a process that gives the music geometric motion providing an additional workout of the ear.
With the addition of a microphone, the listener can speak and hear his/her own voice back through the headphones. This is a very important phase in retraining the ears. Audio-Vocal training uses the power of one’s own voice to improve language, learning, communication and thinking skills. This “active” phase of the program uses structured and sequenced “listen and repeat” lessons. These lessons follow the developmental sequence of sound frequencies for language acquisition. The focus of this phase is verbal input and output and voice play. The listener is introduced and guided to experience new listening and speaking behaviors.
For non-verbal clients, we just want to capture their voice or their babbling or whatever comes out! It’s a stimulus for their ear to keep producing language. So even if your child isn’t quite verbal yet, the audio-vocal phase is still for you. For clients who are able, “listen and repeat exercises” as well as “rehearsed reading” provides experience to establish new reading habits and patterns that will increase reading rate, accuracy and comprehension. Oral reading is practiced to reinforce new reading and language skills. Do you or your child have a monotone? Learn how to work on intonation, expression and perfect your presentation voice. Read now with excitement and color. Start using those exclamation marks and question marks and move your voice around as the reading or speech you are giving requires.
Audio-vocal exercises can improve:
- Reading comprehension and retention;
- Speech and language;
- Reading fluency;
- Alertness and attention to detail;
- Thinking and problem solving;
- Academic achievement;
- Communication and social skills
The Importance of the Mother’s Voice
According to Dr. Tomatis, as the mother speaks, only the high frequencies in her voice are rapidly channeled through her skeletal system down to the fetus. This is hearing through bone conduction. It is the only way a fetus can hear its mother’s voice. The high frequencies carry consonants such as (f/s/p/t) and consonant blends such as (sh/th/ch). Being able to hear these high frequencies sounds, in essence, wires the fetus for language and prepares it to hear and attach meaning to language outside the womb, once it is born. It also sets the stage for bonding. When a fetus hears the mother’s voice in-utero, it becomes emotionally attached to it, and when it is born it will be able to turn in the direction of its mother’s voice. I mentioned in a previous chapter that when a baby is separated from its mother at birth in the delivery room by either being placed in an incubator (short-term) or separated (permanently) from the mother as in cases of adoption, a listening problem can ensue.
It is for just this reason of the fetus being wired for language by the mother’s high frequencies in her voice and the bonding and attachment that naturally occurs therein following birth that makes the mother’s voice such a crucial, if not the most important aspect to an auditory training program. Simulating the in-utero environment is what makes this therapy so unique to bring about change and correct for problems that occurred either in the earliest phases of development in-utero or after birth.
So once having wired her fetus for language in-utero through bone conduction, the mother’s voice can be once again used to aid in bringing the child back in time; back to the womb. If the mother is available, she will record her voice by reading some recommended children’s stories that contain a lot of high frequency sounds. Her voice will be “filtered” of the frequencies below 8000 Hz so that only the high, chirping frequencies can be heard – that which the fetus heard in –utero. The filtered mother’ voice will be given to the child during their program so that they hear
her high pitched voice (yet most likely not recognizing it as their mother, just yet). They are experiencing what it sounded like to them when they were in–utero. As early as 4 months gestation, they were being wired for language and communication from those high frequencies of her voice.
The mother’ voice will then be “de-filtered” during this phase to slowly put those emitted low frequencies back into the mother’s voice so that her voice gets clearer and clearer to simulate a “sonic” birth; how the ear learns to listen to language outside of the womb. We can also use the adopted mother’s voice if this is the case for your child depending on how long you have been with the child.
PURCHASE LOLLIPOP LISTENING THERAPY:
To purchase your Lollipop Listening Therapy® program, click over to LollipopListeningTherapy.com or call us at 571-435-3518 Eastern time U.S.A. if you need additional information. Follow us on TWITTER at: @LollipopTherapy
When you purchase a program, we will be there with guidance and supervision via, email, phone or skype depending on the listening package you choose. If you need additional consulting, you can always purchase additional consulting and we can speak about your program via phone or skype.
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