Parents often ask if it is better to wait to begin sound therapy until the child can wear headphones or listen better. The answer from my 20 years of experience with using sound-based therapy is a resounding ‘no’.
Central Auditory Processing Disorder is typically not identified and/or tested until age 7 due to the maturity levels of the child’s brain and auditory system. When identified, irregularities in how the auditory nervous system processes auditory information to the brain have been demonstrated. For whatever reason, some ‘disconnect’ is present that impacts how the child perceives and uses sound pieces of information.
Sound-based therapies make change at each person’s core foundational level and create a balance between their voice, ear and brain. When the voice and ear are brought into better balance or are better connected, the brain then processes the sound better. It’s as though more synapses have been connected providing more information so that the processing skills are more efficient. This is a necessary research project for the future but every person who has used The Davis Model of Sound Intervention™ demonstrated some noticeable improvement in their ability to process sound, i.e., discrimination of speech sounds, listening in background noise, processing sound differences, remembering information—long and short term, sequencing sound segments, and comprehending more information heard. The particular sound-based therapies are not what necessarily make the change but the correct order of using the therapies is when the most change occurs.
So, for the child who demonstrates early weaknesses with auditory processing skills, the earlier the ‘synapses’ are connected, the more likely their improved perception of sound will support their early language and developmental skills. The child does not have to cooperate initially for sound to begin its process. Every cell emits and receives its own sound frequency and the brain supports the body’s sound balance with or without language skills or the ability to listen. Sound perception is not entirely a hearing function but an energy function, so if you change the energy, the perception changes. The earlier the perceptions are enhanced, it makes sense that the earlier change can begin. So, consider the concept that sound therapy, when used within The Davis Model of Sound Intervention, can be used as an early intervention for auditory processing weaknesses.