Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Department or Program
Department or Program Chair
Ruth Ramsey, Ed.D., OTR/L
Julia Wilbarger, Ph.D., OTR/L
The purpose of this research study was to examine the influence of Therapeutic Listening® Quickshift on the bilateral coordination of healthy adults with no history of developmental or motor delays. Additional studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of the Therapeutic Listening® modality using measurable outcomes are necessary as many therapists currently use this program, even though few studies prove its effectiveness. This study recruited 14 freshman and sophomore students aged 18-21 years. Seven participants received Therapeutic Listening® Quickshift intervention one time for 20 minutes and seven received no intervention, but instead listened to white noise for the same duration. The participants received the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, Second Edition (BOT-2) bilateral coordination subsection before and after either the white noise or Therapeutic Listening® Quickshift protocol. Results demonstrated a slightly greater increase in scores for those who received the Therapeutic Listening® Quickshift intervention, however this difference was not statistically significant. Additionally, many participants received the maximum score on the pre-test and had no room for improvement on the post-test. This study was likely underpowered and the BOT-2 bilateral coordination subsection was not sensitive enough to measure change in a healthy, adult population. More sensitive assessment tools are needed to support future research in order to prove effectiveness of interventions through measurable outcomes that further evidence based practice in occupational therapy.
Haas, Madeleine and Sequeira Boeschen, Amy Marie, "Effect of Therapeutic Listening® Quickshift on Bilateral Coordination in Healthy Adults" (2014). Master's Theses and Capstone Projects. 4.