Active listening home program (1911)

Key points below

What is therapeutic listening?

Some people have problems with sensory information. This could be what they see, hear, touch, taste or smell.  Other people may have problems understanding sound, paying attention or hearing and responding to others.  Therapeutic listening is a program that is proven to help.  It is done at home.   

What is the therapeutic listening home program?

The program is a type of treatment for people that have problems with:

The program, which is done at home, will be planned by a therapist. It involves listening to a special kind of music up to 2 times a day for 30 minutes each time. There will be at least 3 hours in between each session.  The music is changed every 2 weeks.  Music must be listened to through special headphones.  The listening program will be different for every child.  The type of music and how many months the program lasts will depend on your child’s needs. 

What supplies do I need for the program?

Portable CD player with the following features:

And headphones:

How loud should the music be?

Listen at the same volume you would use to talk with a friend. If your child talks in a loud voice with the headphones on, the volume is too loud.  Loud volumes can hurt your child’s ears. Always check the volume before you put headphones on your child. 

What is my child’s listening program?

1. Listen to ________________________________ for ____ minutes _____ times a day.
2. There should be at least 2 hours between listening sessions.
3. When your child starts a listening session, press the shuffle or random play button on the CD player. This will make each listening session a little different.
4. Your child can eat and move around during a session.
5. Your child should not watch TV, play video games, or use the computer during a session.
6. Do not let your child listen right before bedtime.  It may make it hard to sleep.
7. If your child is uncomfortable or has any problems with the program, stop for a day and talk to the therapist. 


Call your child’s therapist if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.