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This study examines a structured protocol to measure the effects of daily individualized use of Therapeutic Listening - Quickshifts (TL-Q) used to improve occupational performance in children with learning and developmental disabilities. The study identifies a standardized practice-based evidence procedure to measure the outcomes of implementing TL-Q within traditional OT practice. OTs worldwide are using sound-based therapies (SBTs) despite limited supporting evidence available regarding the productivity of these interventions. Even fewer studies have been published on the effects of Therapeutic Listening (TL), a novel intervention shown to increase personal and interpersonal skills including sensory processing skills, visual motor integration, and emotional regulation (Frick & Hacker, 2001). TL-Q is used to modify distressing effects of sensory dysregulation and learning disabilities through an individualized listening program of modified musical patterns that the child listens to through headphones for a set amount of time each day. The music program is implemented at home for a more intensive intervention designed to stimulate neuroplasticity across hemispheres eliciting behavioral changes and improved neurological responses (Wink, McKeown, & Casey, 2017).


Occupational Therapy

Faculty Advisor

Julia Wilbarger, Ph.D., OTR/L

Publication Date

Fall 2017


San Rafael, CA


Therapeutic Listening, Sound Based Therapies, Practice Based Evidence, Listening Therapy, Neuroplasticity, Sensory Integration Therapy


Movement and Mind-Body Therapies | Neurology | Occupational Therapy | Pediatrics | Physical Therapy

Measuring The Effects of Therapeutic Listening - Quickshifts