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mozartRecovering from Autism was possible for one little girl. All she needed was help from a musical genius...MOZART!


“This book needs to go out to everybody…absolutely everybody! It is HUGE!”

--Lisa Rinna, Hollywood Personality and TV Actress

 

“Listen Up! This remarkable story is for every person with a child waiting to be awakened to language and communication.”

--Don Campbell, Author of The Mozart Effect for Children

 

 "Awakening Ashley" is a remarkable, beautiful story written with insight and intelligence. Sharon lets parents know they an go through the ear when treating a child with Autism."

 --Michael Palmer, MD 15 time New York Times Bestselling Author of The Last Surgeon

Click here to listen to messages from Sharon about about Autism and  her daughter Ashley's recovery.

 

 

We have a Lollipop Listening Therapy Support Group Facebook Page for all clients so be sure to go there and get great advice and chat with parents already doing Lollipop. I will be on there answering questions as well. It's great for you to hear all the wonderful exciting improvements coming straight from parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sensory Integration Dysfunction

Sensory Integration Dysfunction in Children with Autism and Developmental Delays will create Learning Disabilities. A Child's Body Must be In-Sync for their Ears and Brain to Process Sensory Information Correctly

What is Sensory Integration?

 

Definition: Sensory integration is the way our body takes in, sorts out and responds to information coming in through all of our senses (the 5 senses your are familiar with and the 2 that are lesser known. See Below).


Sensory integration is a basic neurological function that begins in-utero and forms the basis of how our body will respond to the outside world once we are born. Our neurological system takes in information from all of our senses and responds to it based on how it receives the information. If we are wired efficiently and effectively, most of us respond to sensory information without too much difficulty. Normal development occurs through an adaptive response to sensory information. Our ears relay all sensory information to the brain. Our system is wired to respond to every piece of information which comes from the five senses with which everyone is most familiar

 

Tactile - (touch); perceive and discriminate touch, pain and temperature.

Auditory: - (hearing); perceive and discriminate sound

Oral: - (taste): perceive and discriminate flavors and food textures

Olfactory: - (smell): perceive and discriminate odors.

Visual: - (sight): perceive and discriminate what we see

 

Two lesser known senses, yet still very important are:

 

Proprioceptive: - unconscious information from the muscles, ligaments and joints,

Vestibular: - unconscious information from the inner ear about our movement and position in space

 

No one is well-regulated all the time, so everyone has some sensory issues at some time or another. However, the child with sensory integration dysfunction has extreme deficits and difficulties integrating sensory information on a continuous basis. When a child's body is not wired properly, he does not adapt according. The child can show extreme behaviors of either hyper or hyposensitivity (and a combination of both) in any of the above senses, whichever way they have been wired.

 

For example, if a child with hypersensitivities to touch is bothered by the label in their shirt, the sensory information that gets processed by the brain may be the equivalent of a knife stabbing them in the back and an all-out tantrum ensues – just because of a label! Heightened awareness to the sensory information leads to the brain reacting in a heightened manner provoking a fight or flight response.

 

Conversely, some children are at the other end of the tactile spectrum and are hypo-reactive to touch. They are under-reactive to sensory information. They may fall down and cut their knee but they are unaware and never cry. The information from the skin breaking never made its way to the brain for a response at the time of the event or made it too late. They may not know they've cut themselves until someone brings it to their attention. They may not cry when they get a shot, being so under-reactive to pain (that's a tell-tale sign of sensory integration dysfunction).

 

 

The Vestibular System

 

vestibular system of earThe balance function in the inner ear also referred to as the vestibular system houses the three semicircular canals (which are responsible for sensing movement on angular levels) and both the utricle and saccule (involved in sensing linear movement). The vestibular system works in respect to gravitational pull, our upright position and our sense of motion and spatial orientation. Since the vestibule controls the muscles of the body and body posture, the cochlea (Auditory System) relies on the vestibule to maintain the body in an optimal position conducive to receiving sound and processing it effectively. When this happens, good listening is achieved; anything else sets a child up for a listening problem.

 

 

Lollipop Notes 

Lollipop Listening Therapy can help get the body (vestibular system) back in-sync, back in tune with itself. Speech and language, even focus, attention and memory can't be improved in a child full of sensory integration issues until their body is grounded, better regulated, and they have a sense of who they are and what their body can do. Remember, the Vestibular System works together with the Auditory System. When one is off, the other is off. Affect one, and you affect the other!

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