The Listening Program
by Maraiah DeCol
(Sandy, UT, USA)
My son's OT has just started him on The Listening Program, and I am wanting to incorporate it at home. Do you have any suggestions on where I can get or download information and/or CD's for my son?
The SPD Help Line Answers...
The Listening Program is a specific set of cd's that , from what I see, are in the hands of providers only. That said, your therapist must be a certified provider of this program to be using it therapeutically with your child. Given that this is being done in therapy, I have to wonder why the therapist did not know where/how to get the cd's for you to use at home (or didn't you ask?). Certainly a good program should not only want the provider to have you doing it at home too, but also give the providers that they trained information on how the parents can get these cd's for follow through at home.
The bottom line... only a certified individual for The Listening Program (TLP) would know, and, unfortunately I am not one. However, I do know one online source that I found... but, I really feel your therapist, who KNOWS your child and is currently working with him would be the best person to direct you to which cd's he should use, ehen, how much, and monitor his reactions and progress. Because, even the online source I found was a provider who would be
asking you questions to determine what your son needs... so, I would feel better directing you to your current provider.
I am less familiar with The Listening Program, and more familiar with The Therapeutic Listening Program
(same idea, different approach). What I do know from some research on this is that The Listening Program (that you are referring to) training and cd's are NOT cheap... yikes! But, if you have the money perhaps you could go to their training or get enough information form your current provider to be able to buy the program to use at some point?
But, for now... your best source for the cd's is indeed your current therapist who is working with your child. If, for some reason, she can't help you enough to be able to give you the resources you need to do it at home as well, I personally wouldn't use that program... I would switch to a different one (and maybe even a different *cringe* therapist). There has to be monitoring, follow through, and home therapy as well. How often is she doing it with him now?
Does anyone else know different than what I am saying? Has anyone supplemented therapy by also doing it at home? How often do they want you doing this program? Do YOU know where to get the cd's? Let us know. We would really appreciate any information you have.
Take good care.