Speech Pathology Associates

 

Some Of Our Client Feedback

Hello, Don!

I hope you are doing well. I just want to thank you for all of your help. You are a very kind and compassionate person. I got accepted to two dental schools, UW and UCSF. I already accepted UW's offer and will be starting there in September. I had a lot of fun on my interviews, who would ever think!! The device worked well. I will stay in touch.

Thank you again,

L K

Thanks Don for all your help and advice and I hope we will continue to stay in touch. I will certainly let you know how the third time around goes with the Listening Program. I have told lots of people here about the program, it is still not well known to many people including professionals. But I'm sure glad we found you!

Maureen

When I pay attention I can really feel something happening, and of course, I really enjoy the wonderful sounds. What good choices, at least from my viewpoint.

A J

My daughter is still interested in listening to TLP and I continue to think that it is making a difference with her AD/HD. She is not on medication now and her teacher said she is making good use of her time and only occasionally has to be reminded to complete her work. She is getting good comments on her papers and had a great conference a couple of weeks ago. I find her more mature and just calmer all around. Thanks Don!

Laura M

I enjoy using the program and would recommend it to others. I wish you and your company well. Please let me know about similar products you may have or are developing.

Tom M

Also a couple of weeks ago, my son asked to read to me and read the entire book from cover to cover. It was a book from the school library so he had not read it before. As you might remember he use to read two or three pages and then say he was tired. I think it was just too much of a struggle. Saturday he brought me a list of 100 most common words and asked to read those to me. His attitude is 100% better about reading. He is looking at books all the time now. He is still not a terrific reader, but we are on the way.

Adrianne W

My daughter loves her new school and knows the teachers care about her. She indicated that she was a very lucky girl because she was a good student, her teachers like her and she has lots of friends. Her self esteem continues to improve. She completes all of her homework independently and usually does the entire week's packet the first afternoon in latchkey. You've been a great help Don!

Chris T

All I know is that things are a lot better and I have no doubt that TLP was a piece of that. I would do it again in a heartbeat and if things start to get shaky in the future, I will repeat the program with her again.

Shellie G

The Listening Program worked wonders with David.

Ginger M

I feel as if the Listening Program has laid a good foundation for my son. He is just more settled, he has more of a sense of internal comfort since doing the Listening Program. It gives us all more energy to focus on the areas where work still needs to be done. I'm very glad we came across you and the Listening Program. I think it has made a real difference in my son's life. We plan to repeat the program again.

Nancy C

Some Other Family Feedback

"The Listening Program has been an exceptional miracle for Noah who wasn't speaking more than one-word utterances prior to Melissa administering The Listening Program. Eight weeks later, Noah is at age level with his speaking. His speech teacher, Grandmas and friends can't believe how far Noah has come over the summer. We have to give The Listening Program, Melissa and her special gift credit for Noah's success. Noah has had success in other areas since the program as well. He has truly developed socially, gaining many new friends. His friends enjoy being around him more as his peer interaction skills have greatly been enhanced. He doesn't hit or act out. He verbalizes his needs. He's no longer frustrated. His sense of humor has really taken off; he's a very happy little boy. His brother and sister love being around him - the dogs even notice that he's much kinder to them. His coordination in large motor skills has also really developed. While Noah was on The Listening Program he learned to ride a bike as well as run and kick a soccer ball."

Noah's Mom

"Today I would like to share some of the "wonderfilled" experiences my children have encountered since they have completed The Listening Program.

Kameron and Kennon, who turned 10 while doing the program, have a very different word usage selection. They can construct a sentence with much more grammatical correctness. All of their schoolwork is done with greater ease so we don’t spend as long doing it each night. I have noticed a major difference in their ability to learn spelling words. The time is much less and they seem to write the word correctly later.

Bentley, who is 13, often says he "just feels happier". He is much more settled and focused on his homework projects. Therefore his homework time is less. He had done very well with his grades this quarter. He demonstrates better time usage and is more self-motivated. Life just seems to flow better for him with much less frustration. He has also become a better group participant and built new friendships.

Overall I feel The Listening Program brought a very positive calming effect over our whole household. Everyone in our family listened to the CDs and we also listened to the Sound Health CDs. The children often request the music to be put on while doing their schoolwork. They think they can work faster with the music. These programs have been some of the most positive things we have ever done for our whole family.

Thank you so very much for introducing this truly great gift."

Nita Brist

"My son Brandon Stewart is now 9 years old and in the 3rd Grade. Brandon has always struggled with school and with his fine motor skills.

Brandon went to Meadowbrook Educational Services and Renee recommended the Listening Program for Brandon. We had Brandon do the Listening Program twice before he went through the Meadowbrook Educational Program that Renee had suggested for Brandon. Brandon loved doing the Listening Program and often asks to listen to it, while doing his homework. Brandon enjoys going to Meadowbrook every Monday for Support Group Night. Brandon wishes that he could go to Meadowbrook full time. Renee and Dorothy are wonderful people and teachers. Since the program, Brandon is doing much better in school, and his fine motor skills have improved so much."

Teresa Stewart, Mother

"The things I noticed most were that Cally was more independent, and she had more self-confidence. She was more responsible. She's also more affectionate. She comes to me more now and wants to sit in my lap or wants a hug. I noticed her talking more, especially with other adults who aren't real close - like neighbors and acquaintances. When you'd make a joke or explain something, she really got the gist of it and she would 'get it' faster. She seemed to be focusing more and showed improvement in social interactions. With other people, whereas she wouldn't initiate a conversation before, she'd really talk with them and would carry on a conversation - like small talk. As far as in school, it's helped. She still has a little weakness in the math area, but it doesn't seem to be as evident as before. Otherwise, she's doing really well in school. Her reading has improved, she doesn't have to go to RIP (Reading Improvement Program) anymore, and her comprehension seems to have improved.

My friend noticed that Cally would sit close to her, that she was more talkative and willing to volunteer information. Before, when Cally was asked a question, she could just say "yes" or "no". Now Cally tended to elaborate a lot more and just seemed a lot more confident in speaking to people. She's also speaking more clearly. I noticed she was asking a lot of questions, more so than before. My other daughter noticed and said "Why is Cally asking so many questions?". Cally was remembering names better and her observation skills improved. For example, we were at the Hearst Castle watching a movie about William Randolph Hearst's house and they showed some of the parties he'd had. They had the dining room table all set up for this party and it was just a real quick flash of the table. Cally said, "Oh, Mommy's got your dishes!" She was real quick to notice stuff like that, I guess a little more observant. Cally initiates reading. She really loves to read now and I don't know if that's directly from the program, but I notice she does pull out a book and start reading without me having to ask her to do it. She does it for fun, not just for school. Overall I think it's done a lot for her self-confidence."

Krishun, Boulder City, NV

"How can I ever begin to thank you for the help that you have given Laura? Flowers hardly seem adequate to say thank you for dramatically improving my child's life. Moreover how can I find enough words to express my feelings of gratitude? Maybe a description of our day last week will illustrate Laura's changes and explain both my effusiveness and my difficulty with finding enough ways to tell you thank you.

Until now our mornings had been quite a struggle. Laura has always woken up in a particularly surly mood. She was overwhelmed, negative and subject to constant helpless fits over every task and transition. We walked on eggshells with her for fear that the tiniest thing could send her into a rage.

Now let me describe a recent morning. To surprise us Laura woke up and without being asked meticulously cleaned up her room. She selected her clothes, dressed, washed her face and brushed her hair all on her own. Previously, each of these tasks would have either been a terrible struggle or impossible for her to do by herself. Now it appears easy and she is so proud and happy to finally be able to do a good job.

Laura can also enjoy physical affection for the first time in her life. Andrea, just imagine that I have not been able to hug, kiss or even look at my child without her being uncomfortable for her entire 6 years! Now she does not recoil angrily at the slightest touch. She actually welcomes and initiates cuddling. I finally, finally feel free to love her totally for the first time in her life.

I commented to her that her music (The Listening Program) makes her seem calmer and happier. Her reply was the music therapy "helps me to think."

Thank you, thank you, thank you Andrea for the dramatic healing that you have brought Laura and all of us Lundegards. I have told Laura's symptoms to many professionals and have always been told that she was fine. I always knew that she wasn't. Now finally she has a treatment and is improving in what Dave calls "chunks." Your help has spared Laura so much present and future pain.

She is so relieved, we are so relieved. We are so very grateful to you. She used to begin every day struggling and growling, "I hate everything!" Now she begins every day happily and in the same way. The first thing she does on awakening is to locate me and say "I love you Mama!" Words fail!"

Jane Lundegard

Some Professional Feedback

"I have been using The Listening Program in a multitude of ways in my practice as a pediatric Occupational Therapist. I use the program as an integral "sensory tool" to facilitate an optimal state of arousal which is most conducive to learning new skills. I have also found the TLP assists children with sensory modulation difficulties to self regulate and again achieve appropriate adaptive responses to their environment. I have recently completed advanced certification in sensory integration and feel that auditory processing is a key to sensorimotor development that has not yet been utilized to its capacity to facilitate function in children. It is felt, within our profession that there is a strong correlation in how all of our senses interpret incoming information and that the auditory and vestibular system are truly interrelated. (The vestibular system is the system that interprets unconscious information in regard to equilibrium, gravity, movement and changes of position in space. The receptors are located in the semicircular canals in the inner ear.) This system along with visual, tactile and proprioceptive are integral systems that OT's tap into to provide a sensory integrative approach to promote motorical development.

The TLP is easy to use and pleasurable for those who use it. I have yet to have any adverse reactions, although I am cautious with providing input as I am with all therapeutic interventions.

One of the most dramatic changes I have encountered with the children I use the TLP with is in automatic voice quality changes on some children. Increased spontaneous verbalization, tonal quality improvement (less whiney, high pitched voice) and increase in words used "The bumblebee is on the yellow flower!" are just a few of the changes I have seen with my clients.

I have also noticed a more smooth or automatic sense of movement after using the TLP when prior to the program my clients had significant motor planning difficulties and balance difficulties.

Some of my autistic clients have made great gains in their affect and social skills and being able to function with their peers in a more appropriate way."

Robin Bonsall, O.T.R. Pediatric OT

"As a psychotherapist working with kids and adults with emotional and learning difficulties, I am amazed and delighted with the accelerated progress they make when I incorporate The Listening Program into their treatment. Thanks to TLP I'm seeing brightened affect, anxiety relief, mood stabilization and enhancement, maturity of voice tonality, improved self esteem, fibromyalgia symptom relief, and autistic behavior and communication management and improvement among many other steps toward well being. Thank you ABT from me and my clients!!"

Alice Nixon, MSW, LCSW, BCD, Northbrook, IL

"The Listening Program from Advanced Brain Technologies has been an incredibly welcome addition to my OT practice. Families say: 'I can't thank you enough!' 'Suddenly, she was a new child!' 'I feel like I am talking to somebody, not to a wall.' His attention span has improved dramatically."

Andrea Moeller, OTR, Los Angeles, CA

"I have found The Listening Program to be one of the easiest programs to implement both from a clinician point of view and as a parent. The kids often ASK to listen and really enjoy it, especially the nature sound tracks."

Jill Maxwell, PT, Savage, MN

"My experience with TLP has been positive on all accounts. My patients, ranging from young children with autism, school-age children with learning disabilities and adults with aphasia following stroke, have made progress that I directly attribute to having TLP as part of the treatment regimen."

Mindy Newhouse, MS, CCC-SLP, Thousand Oaks, CA

"I am able to use the TLP in its flexible design as a strong adjunct to occupational therapy that uses a classical sensory integration and neuropsychology orientation. Depending on the severity of the client's challenges, I am able to use the program right at the beginning, midstream, or after the intensive management of sensory integration and modulation disorders along with co-morbidities such as obsessive compulsive disorders, phobic reactions, ADD with or without Hyperactivity among other diagnoses."

Ricardo C. Carrasco, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA, Orlando, FL

"I have had fantastic success using TLP with my clients. I currently have 20 clients working or in the process of beginning the program. I love watching how each program unfolds a whole new world for the children and becomes uniquely individual to each one."

Mary L. Padula, MA, CCC-SLP, Stow, OH

"I am finding The Listening Program useful as an adjunct to Neurofeedback for clients with auditory processing deficits or auditory sensitivity. The Sensory Integration CD is especially helpful with our autistic and developmentally delayed clients. I appreciate the high technical and artistic quality of the sound. And the guidebook provides very complete explanations and directions for use, making supervision easy."

Sue Othmer, Encino, CA

"My Center has been a provider of The Listening Program since August 2001 and we have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the product, from the provider training, to our personal use of the program, to instructing and delivering the product to our clientele. Some of the results have been astounding. Overall, it has been well received by everyone. We love how parent friendly and professional the packaging and product delivery is. Every student we have started on the program has successfully used it with parents finding it to be a special part in their child's day. It is well organized and takes the guess work out of program planning. The questions, 'Is it too much or not enough?' and 'Where do I begin?' don't come into play."

Laurie Kalb, Director, Livingston, NJ

"We have found TLP to be a very unique and effective home based program for retraining the auditory system and auditory perception problems. We often use TLP in conjunction with other treatment modalities such as neurofeedback to help improve listening skills and auditory attention."

Kamran Fallahpour, PhD, New York, NY

Some Success Stories

  • Name: Megan
  • Gender: Female
  • Chronological Age: 12
  • Clinical Diagnosis: Normal intelligence with auditory perception difficulties

Megan has a history of ear infections and is diagnosed with auditory perception difficulties with overall normal oral language and normal intelligence.

The following are direct quotes from twelve-year-old Megan who has been on the TLP Classic Kit for about six weeks. Her parents purchased TLP last year, but only implemented it inconsistently for the first two CD’s as Megan was quite adept at sabotaging the process. Recently, they have become more proactive in establishing an environment with rewards and consequences and compliance has regulated considerably. Now, Megan is enjoying the results so much I don’t believe you could pay her not to use it. I have faxed the Observations Checklist I helped her fill out by asking questions to define or illustrate the terms. I am also including the Observations Checklist I had her dad fill out to verify these results. Some of the discrepancies of change Megan noted were in areas with her contact with friends that may not have been observed. Megan has been in ongoing speech therapy with me for the past two years for auditory processing issues. She also sees a tutor for math on a regular basis. She moved from an elite private school to a public school this past fall, which was a good change for her. There are results noted as significant change since the onset of The Listening Program® on a regular basis.

Megan and her father completed The Listening Program® Observations Checklist on March 23, 2005. Megan was on CD # 5 of the TLP Classic Kit, Cycle One following the Extended Schedule.

The following summarizes Megan’s own observations and those of her father. The summary indicates the total number of positive changes, by category out of the total number possible. What is significant is that there were no negative observations made although Megan’s father did share that while improving Megan still has some sound sensitivity and is easily annoyed when tired. Also worth noting is that Megan shared a change in her eating habits, not eating as much and taking smaller portions of food; she is more aware of her environment, picking up on lot’s of little things that she had not previously paid attention to; and shares she has much better handwriting.

Megan’s Comments about Life since Starting TLP: “Last year I didn’t have time to talk to my friends. After school I had so much homework that I could only tlak to them at recess. I only got to go to two sleepovers. I’m doing better in school. I’m getting good grades. I feel better. I get to spend more time with my friends after school, during the week and weekends. I’m getting enough sleep. I don’t get nightmares anymore, and I fall asleep faster. It’s making more sense to me. I can pay attention better and I don’t feel confused. I like school now. I get to do moe things that I want to do now and I can do things (works) faster. I get a better grade, even in math which I was failing last year. My average last year was a D, and this year it’s and 80. I even make some100’s. I’m more responsible. I am happier with my life now.”

Alan and Suzanne Heath, Bradford, Great Britain, April 2005

  • Name: Joshua
  • Chronological Age: 7 years
  • Gender: Male
  • Clinical Diagnosis: Normal

Josh is a normal active 7 year old boy. We decided to start Josh on the TLP Level One Kit with a view to improving his concentration and mood. His ability to stay on task at school was affecting the amount of work he would do in a lesson. He would complete his work but this would be at a relatively slow pace as he would be regularly distracted.

He completed a 10 week cycle, Condensed schedule, in January 2005 and after a break is now on a 2nd cycle, missing out Full Spectrum CDs 1 & 2.

After a Parent / Teacher consultation in February his teacher couldn't praise him enough. His concentration in class has improved dramatically. He is able to stay focused on a subject, understand and complete work in a faster time. His teacher commented "He is just soaking information up now". He is much more organised and his thought processes are much clearer.

As a result he gained a Headteachers award for all his improvements.At home he is noticeably calmer, more polite and thoughtful and accepts decisions more readily! He has certainly achieved a greater level of maturity and is able to reflect on these improvements himself. This has also led to greater self confidence.

He was already developing well and achieving at school, however Level One has taken this to another level.

Debbie Freeman, Rice, WA, August, 2004

  • Name: Jacob
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: December 30, 1995
  • Chronological Age: 8 1/2

Jacob has been coming to reading therapy for about 5 weeks. He comes twice a week for an hour each session. He could not read when he first came. He has multiple sensory integration issues, is sensitive to loud sounds, and cannot track with his eyes. He recently visited an optometrist who said that Jacob has the worst case of astigmatism that he has ever seen in a child. When he comes to reading therapy, Jacob argues, tries to manipulate and attempts to be in control. He is very intelligent and has excellent structural visualization skills. He has an awesome vocabulary, yet his speech is not always clear. From time to time, Jacob hits his head with his fists and says that he's stupid. A couple of different times, he clawed his face. In his fifth week of therapy, Jacob became frustrated during the reading session. He called himself stupid and hit himself with his fists several times. He clawed his face really hard several times, starting at his forehead all the way down to his neck, leaving red marks. His grandma was called in to help, but he would not calm down enough to continue therapy. Jacob started TLP Full Spectrum Prelude 1,that same day, listening to two 15 minute modules. After one week on FS Prelude 1 he came to reading therapy, and he was awesome. He never fought back, was settled down, and did not argue. He was polite (I had never seen that before) and accomplished four times as much as ever before. Jacob now continues to improve with TLP Full Spectrum Prelude 2.

Melissa East, Boulder City, NV, October, 2003

  • Name: Seth
  • Age: 3 years
  • Gender: Male
  • Diagnosis: Expressive Speech Delay

"I had originally decided to begin using TLP for my son Seth's expressive speech delay. Little did I know that many more added benefits would happen along the way. After initial bumps in the road, which Melissa explained are a sign TLP was working, fantastic things began happening.

"Not only did Seth start making new attempts at unfamiliar words, he also became more physically active and much more coordinated. His articulation improved dramatically during the program. He also was sleeping better, had better posture, and his focus was amazing. He was sitting for extended periods of time and staying with one task for up to 30 minutes! Pretty good for a 3 year old…

"Seth has always been a very emotional, huggy, cuddly little boy, but the hugs and kisses even increased. His sentences became longer and longer and his vocabulary grew daily. I can just imagine what was going on in his little brain!!

"His speaking and vocabulary is now age appropriate, but his sentence structure and articulation still need work. I know that if it weren't for The Listening Program and the wonderful help and support of our Provider Melissa East, Seth would not be at the stage he is now, or have made such amazing progress." - Angie

Jeanette Moren, MA, CCC-SLP, Andrews, TX, September, 2003

  • Name: Daniel
  • Age: 65 years
  • Gender: Male
  • Diagnosis: None

"I have been a student of the 'Human Potential Movement' for most of my life. I have practiced TM, Quigong, EST, Silva Mind Control, and many other methods of reaching my full potential as a human being. I feel that The Listening Program® has helped me feel more relaxed, more energetic, more alert, lighter in spirit, more positive, and in general I feel mentally and physically younger!! I sleep better and I feel more focused. I recommend this program very highly, not just for people with severe brain problems, but also for ordinary folks who just want to feel good."

Norma Rodriquez, Venezuela, March, 2002

  • Gender: Male
  • Diagnosis: Dyslexia

"At the beginning of January my son (who was diagnosed with dyslexia and hyperactivity disorder 2.5 years ago) and I started on the program. In my son's case, improvements began on the second week. By day 9, my son asked me for a book to read, and to my surprise he read it in a week and started a second one. To make a long story short, he has read 4 books in the last six weeks. He, a child who never before read more than 1 page at a time! When he reached week 4, his English teacher reported improvements on his writing and by the 6th week, his regular teacher indicated that his handwriting has improved so much that he was even making fewer mistakes with letter and word. Also he started to control his hyperactivity, after a couple of weeks of being out of control. He is finishing the program today and still making progress."

Meher Engineer, M.D., Handworth, Middlesex, U.K., October, 2002

  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 13 years
  • Diagnosis: Dyslexia

"One of our receptionists at work used TLP for her son who is dyslexic. After the third week she told me that he had suddenly started to say "sh" - whereas before this he used to say "s" - and did not understand when he was corrected by others. The following week he actually took a written telephone message, something he had never done before. He had previously always refused to take messages as he had problems writing them down."

Norma Rodriquez, Venezuela, March, 2002

  • Gender: Male
  • Chronological Age: 16 years
  • Diagnosis: Down Syndrome

In my practice I have two patients doing The Listening Program at the moment. The first one is a 16-year-old Down Syndrome boy. His three brothers have moved to the US five years ago. Since then he withdrew himself and stopped socializing and doing his chores. On this first visit, he did not greet or establish eye contact, or make any sound. Psychological and hearing evaluations were difficult to conduct. He started TLP five weeks ago, and the following improvements have been reported by his mother.

He establishes eye contact when addressing someone. He is happier, listens to music, watches TV and does chores. He has learned to make sandwiches. He is gentler to animals and people. He is more affectionate and energetic. He has in an improved attention span and long-term memory and he is less sensitive to sound.

Norma Rodriquez, Venezuela, March 1, 2002

  • Name: Nicole
  • Gender: Female
  • Chronological Age: 14 years
  • Clinical Diagnosis: Seizure Disorder, ADD, Tourettes, Central Auditory Processing Disorder

"I think that one of the first changes I noticed in Nicole is that she seemed more aware. She also became more loving; she would actually come to me and ask for a hug. Before The Listening Program, Nicole always seemed out of it. Diagnosed with seizure disorder, ADD, Tourettes and Central Auditory Processing Disorder, she has lived a full life of neurological dysfunction and overload. I am going to have her repeat the program again, anxious to see even more improvements. Thank you, ABT, for creating such a wonderful program that gives children like Nicole a better chance of coping with her disorders."

Suellen, Boulder City, NV

  • Name: Mania
  • Gender: Female
  • Chronological Age: 87 years

"I found the music in The Listening Program both calming and soothing. Listening to the nature sounds, like the loons on the lake, brought back memories of paddling a canoe on the lake with my husband. I was so pleased with the higher notes (violin sounds and bird sounds). I felt that I could hear the higher sounds cleanly and sharply, as if at eleven o'clock, in my left/worse ear. It felt as though I was hearing in a portion of my brain that I hadn't registered sound in before. Not only was I more aware of higher notes and sounds around me but in my own voice as well. I have always felt that my voice was rather monotone. During the program I tried to put more energy into my speaking and noticed more lively notes in my voice! I felt that I wasn't rushing while I was listening. The measured beats in the music seemed to transfer to my thinking patterns. Later on, after listening, I felt that I needed to take my time with things. Perhaps this comes from the tempo in the music. I found myself thinking more clearly."

Mindy Newhouse, MA, CCC-SLP, Thousand Oaks, CA, January 2, 2002

  • Gender: Female
  • Chronological Age: 5 years
  • Clinical Diagnosis: DD

Sandra has worked with a child labeled Mentally Retarded since the child was 5 years old. The child wouldn't let anyone touch him; only his mother, and that was limited. He kept everyone at arm's length. Just before using The Listening Program (TLP) with this child, Sandra had begun seeing him two times per week. At seven plus years, they began working on swallowing. Being fed through a gastronomy tube all his life, no one had ever shown him what to do with his oral secretions. He drooled a lot. Sandra got close enough to this child to use a therapeutic device in the child's mouth during her visits.

Sandra was then trained as an Authorized Provider of The Listening Program by Advanced Brain Technologies. She battled with the child's insurance to begin seeing him five days a week for eight weeks versus the two visits/week for six months. She needed this time with the child so that he could follow the 5 days on, 2 days off listening schedule. Her request was granted and she began TLP.

These are a few of the child's changes from The Listening Program:

  • Attention span improved. She was able for the first time to sit through a whole wooden puzzle.
  • She started allowing more family to touch him.
  • She started smiling.
  • She began to notice himself in the mirror, looking at his body parts.
  • Her crying was reduced.
  • She became more interactive and she loved the listening!

Sandra Arunasalam, CCC-SLP, August, 2001


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