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In our most recent case report about Landon, an adorable 8-year old diagnosed with PANS, ADHD, anxiety, and impulsivity, we share the exciting breakthroughs he made with The Listening Program (TLP).
His mother feels TLP has been a fantastic addition: “My son is happier. He works harder to make good choices, is more organized, more mature, and relates better to others.”
One of the most important goals for Landon has been met and maintained: He stopped having PANS flares! Plus, his anxiety has diminished so he can succeed at school!
Landon’s story is especially encouraging for those looking for a non-invasive, gentle, and adaptable approach. TLP’s beautiful music provides a calming influence to regulate the nervous system to help create a sense of safety and security so people can flourish in meaningful ways.
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If you’re not aware, PANS stands for Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, a clinical diagnosis given to children who have a dramatic – sometimes overnight – onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms. The repeated symptoms are referred to as “Flares” and may include obsessions/compulsions or food restrictions. They may have symptoms of depression, irritability, anxiety, and have difficulty with schoolwork.
Landon is a patient at Sancta Familia Center for Integrative Medicine, founded by Allen T. Lewis, Advanced Brain Technologies’ clinical director. Dr. Lewis has found that The Listening Program is beneficial for patients with chronic illness or inflammatory conditions such as toxicity, Lyme, Mold, PANS/PANDAS, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and more.
Landon’s medical doctor recommended TLP Spectrum with the Waves air and bone conduction audio system to address chronic stress early on in his treatment. TLP Spectrum is a foundational program used for those who need the most gentle music listening therapy. It provides a systematic approach to healing the brain by providing a “safe signal” to support the most sensitive listeners.
TLP Zone Training
The Listening Program is a neuroscience-based music listening therapy with four core program options with frequency zone training. TLP uses a developmental model to promote lasting change, and it’s backed by peer-reviewed research demonstrating exciting outcomes for children and adults with a range of needs.
Landon used Waves for a multi-sensory experience of TLP. The headphones have a transducer or vibrator on the headband, which provides enhanced bone-conducted sound stimulation while the headphone’s earpieces enhance air-conducted sound. The net effect is an optimally balanced listening experience.
The Listening Program has numerous neuroacoustic modifications that use the natural elements of sound delivered through headphones. The purpose is to enhance our perception of musical complexity, tone density, spatial training, frequency focus, and volume dynamics.
TLP Spectrum is one of the four TLP Core Programs. It uses classical music emphasizing low-frequency (0-750Hz) sounds and progresses through four frequency zones with cross-training to provide low frequencies during the mid and high frequencies. These low frequencies provide a calming influence to quiet the body’s natural alarm system.
TLP has numerous other modifications which gradually intensify the training experience with each 15-minute brain training experience. For Landon, this helped to:
Landon’s mom worked closely with Angie Woodward, a TLP Certified Provider, for the first 3 ½ months of his program. She provided coaching over the phone to ensure proper implementation, support, monitoring, and performance tracking. In this case report, you will see the notes from each monitoring call describing his exciting transformations and breakthroughs.
As Landon began to relax and calm down, he started to become more independent and mature. His organization skills improved, and he showed more initiative to take on a new day. He was able to follow directions, maintain routines, and handled frustrating situations more appropriately. His ability to successfully manage his constant impulsivity helped him at school, home, and socially.
TLP regulates the emotional system to encourage homeostasis throughout the body and promotes social language and engagement. It helped Landon attune to his environment and increased his perception of how his communication can impact those around them. As he began to pay more attention to others, more empathy and compassion emerged. Bonding and relating improved, and two-way conversations became deeper and more meaningful.
With each new listener Angie coaches, she starts by helping to identify goals they hope TLP can help them achieve. She finds they are often pleasantly surprised to realize that they also attain unexpected benefits unrelated to their original targets, which is very rewarding for all involved.
Coaching can significantly enhance positive responses to the program. With proper training for implementation, caring support, monitoring, and performance tracking, people can achieve improved learning, communication, memory, stress response, motor skills, emotional support, social skills, and sensory processing.
It was amazing to see how my son responded to different listening zones in ways Angie told me we could expect. She helped me understand the areas that the music was working, so I would know when to watch for different changes. It was also lovely to have another person who knew my goals so we could celebrate! She also helped carefully chart the breakthroughs as we saw them unfolding.
Many changes can be subtle and develop so gradually that the listener’s family may not immediately recognize something is new. Sometimes a change may be more dramatic; for instance, a nonverbal child or adult might suddenly begin speaking. What is most important to realize is that change will happen when the listener follows their protocol with consistency.
Another inspiring change was Landon’s newfound confidence and interest in reading! TLP is an integral part of many reading programs because it strengthens the fundamental skills vital to reading acquisition. It can prime the brain for learning reading and writing skills by activating language-related centers of the brain with music.
The focused frequency training in the middle range found in The Listening Program relates to speech and language. It impacts temporal processing and pitch discrimination so the brain can hear the differences between sounds. Most speech range frequencies are in the mid-frequencies, so training in this area with TLP improves phonemic awareness.
The development of these skills helps with efficient decoding to sound out words for phonological awareness and connect individual sounds to letters. It improves auditory processing and working memory for comprehension and expanded vocabulary to connect ideas and extract meaning. As higher-level cognitive skills increase, reading speed and fluency increase as well.
Think of The Listening Program as a therapeutic tool that people can use throughout their lifetime. It will help exercise their brain just as physical exercise helps exercise their body. Whether a person is listening to gain therapeutic results, attain personal wellness, or achieve higher mental performance goals, TLP is a great support. – Angie Woodward
Now that Landon has happily continued The Listening Program, having completed all four cycles of TLP Spectrum, he has advanced to TLP Achieve. TLP Achieve is an intermediate program to promote executive functioning for success at school, work, and life. The aim is to continue supporting Landon’s progress by focusing on higher-level communication skills and improving his listening, focus, attention, and memory.
We wish to thank Landon for being such a dedicated listener and his mother for staying the course and providing encouragement and support for her son. We also want to thank Angie for her wisdom and insights to inspire hope and confidence in every family she works with for the best possible outcomes with The Listening Program.
In 2020, Angie joined the Advanced Brain Technologies team. Her primary roles include TLP coaching, serving as a liaison to Dr. Lewis, and program manager. Her broad experience in working with Dr. Lewis in integrative medicine allows her to help educate people worldwide in applying neuroscience-based music listening therapies.
Angie helped develop a TLP distance coaching protocol for Dr. Lewis’s practice that has led to life-changing emotional, developmental, academic, physiological, and social breakthroughs in their patients. She applies this protocol for families she coaches now with ABT.
With over 14 years of experience working for biomedical and integrative medicine practices, Angie excels in assisting parents, caregivers, and patients with implementing physician prescribed and specialty treatment protocols.
Her experience in this realm has been augmented by attending national integrative medicine and biomedical conferences for special needs children since 2005. She has been a featured speaker and panel member at numerous conferences, sharing her ability to help people better understand complex integrative medical treatments and therapies.
Whether assisting families and individuals with treatment or therapy implementation, providing training, or speaking at national or regional conferences, Angie’s passion is to see people succeed in their efforts to help themselves and their loved ones comes through in all that she does.
Tags ADHD, anxiety, Impulsivity, PANS
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