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Few empirical studies have been conducted to provide evidence for the effectiveness of Therapeutic Listening - Quickshifts (TL-Q). Anecdotally, TL-Q has produced consistent positive results for therapists and clients as a pediatric intervention. Therefore, it is imperative to research TL-Q’s efficacy, which may lead to its broader implementation. In this study, the researchers examined the effectiveness of TL-Q intervention for children with sensory processing difficulties to improve participation and function in 1) school performance, (2) self-regulation and arousal, (3) activities of daily living (ADLs), (4) social/emotional skills, and (5) sensorimotor skills. Over the course of an 8 week prospective study, the researchers conducted a pre-test, post-test case study. During the intervention period, TL-Q expert therapists adjusted the specific musical track depending on the needs of the specific child. Results showed an overall positive increase in quantitative scores and a qualitative feedback. Most notably, in the areas of social emotional skills and sensorimotor skills. This study provided evidence for the support of TL-Q in the clinical setting and developed an effective protocol for future research.


Occupational Therapy

Faculty Advisor

Julia Wilbarger, Ph.D., OTR/L

Publication Date

Fall 2017


San Rafael, CA


Intervention, Therapeutic Listening, Pedatric, Auditory, Therapeutic Listening Quickshifts, Occupational Therapy


Maternal and Child Health | Occupational Therapy | Other Rehabilitation and Therapy

Therapeutic Listening® - Quickshifts Support for Pediatric Intervention