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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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If You Have a Child with Autism, Developmental Delays or other Special Needs, You Need to Understand the Role of the Ear and How A Listening Therapy Program Can Re-Wire Them for Language and Communication

 

ear1The pinna collects sound and it travels through the auditory canal where the eardrum (tympanic membrane) bounces the sounds off the membrane of the drum vibrating with the sound and propagating the vibrations to the middle ear. Behind the eardrum is the region which houses the three tiniest bones in the body the malleus (or hammer), the incus (or anvil) and the stapes (or stirrup) and the two tiniest muscles attached to two of them: the tensor tympani (attached to the malleus) and the stapedius (attached to the stapes). The job of the three bones of the middle ear (also called ossicles) is to transmit the vibrations of sound from the eardrum across the three bones and into the inner ear. 

 

When the eardrum stretches with an incoming sound, the hammer bone receives the vibration, transmits it to the anvil, and then to the stirrup, which sets the stimulation of the inner ear in motion for the processing of sound.ear muscles

 

The tiny ear muscles have a large role to play in the middle ear as they act like gate keepers for the ears. They let in sounds that are good and keep out sounds that are harmful. If a sound is too soft, the tensor tympani muscle (#9 in right image) pulls on the hammer bones so that the eardrum tightens raising the amplitude of the incoming sounds so they can be heard. The stapedius muscle (#5 in right image) acts to move the stirrup bone so as to let the incoming sound through to the inner ear for processing and out to the brain for responding.

  

The inner ear is responsible for two functions. The hearing function, also known as the auditory system, performed by the cochlea (see Auditory Processing Disorder) and the balance function performed by the semicircular canals, utricle and saccule, also referred to as the vestibular system (see Sensory Integration Dysfunction).

   

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Watch this video about how the ear collects and processes frequencies of sound

 

Lollipop Notes

Lollipop Listening Therapy tones up the middle ear muscles to make them stronger - just like you would go into the gym and work out your biceps or your quads. When the ear muscles are stronger they are better filters of sound (or gatekeepers). That way they can pull on the ear drum efficiently and effectively and bring in the sounds your child needs and keep out the sounds they don’t need that can distract them and throw them off task. Stronger ear muscles will prevent "too much information" coming in (ie: the gate is wide open), which can barrage your child with more than they can process. At the same time, those ear muscles will now be able to let the ear perceive information it was previously not receiving (ie: the gate was barely letting sounds in) which your child was not processing at all (ie: turning around when you call their name and them not responding).

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