Neuro-plasticity is the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. For example if one hemisphere of the brain is damaged either by injury or disease, the intact hemisphere may take over some of its functions. This is done by reorganizing and forming new neural pathways. The integrated listening program stimulates activity of the cerebellum to strengthen neural connections and in the process builds patterns for further development in learning and coordination.
Another important part of the listening program is the stimulation of the vestibular system. The vestibule, located in the inner ear, has 3 main functions: Balance, Posture and Eye Movement. These three functions play an important role in our sense of who we are and where we are in our environment, in our ability to move in a smooth and coordinated way, the tone and strength of our muscle development, and the eye tracking ability required for learning. The tone of all the muscles in our body is in a large part dependent on the vestibular system. It is this system that tells your body how much muscle tension is needed to perform a particular function.
Movement, listening and visual stimulation are vital to our ability to learn and process information. As these 3 systems are so interrelated, 'exercising' them simultaneously is a holistic approach which requires the brain to become better at integrating multi-sensory information. We are essentially re-training the brain to become more efficient and effective, and in the process strengthening neural connections to improve performance. When done in conjunction with specific Sensory Processing techniques, the results of therapy can be measurable.
We had our son who is two evaluated because of behavior issues that were not age appropriate and were causing such damage to our family life. We heard this term “Sensory Integration” and couldn’t believe what we were being told. As a family we decided to explore this type of therapy and figured what could it hurt. We was so unhappy and angry, we were willing to try anything except medication! In three months we have been amazed at the transformation in our son, he is happy, calm, plays independently and socially he plays so well with other children. It has brought us together as a family, the blame of “you’re a stay at home mom, why is his behavior so bad” has stopped. We know how to help him when he needs it. Our time here has changed our life on the most positive ways.
- Gavin - Son, 3 y/o