Therapeutic Listening is an auditory based intervention that is used to support individuals experiencing challenges with sensory processing dysfunction, listening, attention and communication.

Like other sensory systems, the auditory system does not work in isolation. Neurologically, it is connected to all levels of brain function. As a result, it has a vast range of influence. How we listen impacts not only our overall physiology, but also our behavior.

As part of an individualized plan of care created by RehabVisions’ occupational therapist, Therapeutic Listening helps promote appropriate responses to environmental demand and focuses on postural organization and breath regulation. Additional benefits include increased relaxation, improved posture and overall improvements in movement and core engagement.

Is this therapy right for you? People of all ages challenged with SPD, Autism/Asperger’s, Down Syndrome, CP, ADD/ADHD, anxiety disorders, developmental delays, poor executive functioning skills, poor FM and VM skills — and many other conditions — may benefit from this therapy.


Therapeutic Listening can address:

  • Sensitivity to touch (e.g. tags on shirts rubbing against the back, lack of physical expressions of affection, etc.)
  • Abnormal responses to sensory stimuli (sounds, taste, pain)
  • Anxious behaviors expressed through movement
  • Poor attention
  • Difficulties interacting with peers and limited social skills
  • Challenges with transitions or changes in routine
  • Difficulty communicating (both verbal and non-verbal)
  • Struggles with sleep, bowel and bladder control, and eating
  • Trouble following directions
  • Challenges perceiving and navigating space
  • Poor timing and sequencing of motor skills
  • Difficulties with irritability, mood
  • Difficulties with regulating energy level (i.e. too low-energy or hyperactive)
  • Postural insecurity (fear of heights, playing on playground equipment)
  • Poor praxis and motor planning (unable to come up with an idea, plan and complete the task)
  • Difficulty responding to sounds and verbal directions