The Listening Programme

Snowdrop is pleased to announce that in conjunction with US neurotechnology company ' Advanced Brain Technologies,' we are now able to offer 'The Listening Programme.'

The Listening Programme is a music listening therapy which provides engaging brain stimulation to help ameliorate a range of problems our children face.  Children who have autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, auditory processing disorders and other sensory processing abnormalities are amongst those who might benefit from this programme.  Many of our families have tried it with their children and they all report that they have seen improvements in their children as a consequence of its use.

Systematic training is provided through listening to psychoacoustically modified classical music which trains the brain to process sound more efficiently.  This can lead to improvements in...

  • Learning
  • Attention
  • Communication
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Sensory Processing
  • Social Engagement
  • Behaviour
  • Self Regulation
  • Musical Ability

Children can use the programme in the home, classroom or clinic.  It is completely portable and easy to use.  The Listening Programme fits easily into any schedule and only requires 15 - 30 minutes of daily listening.

The Listening Programme is a fusion of beautiful art and sound science.  The masterful performances of the award winning players of the Arcangelos Chamber Ensemble are skillfully crafted using advanced audio technologies to provide an unrivalled listening experience.

How can something that seems so simple, such as listening to psychoacoustically modified classical music actually impact a wide range of abilities, such as sensory processing, communication, attention, learning and memory?

Numerous studies worldwide, including research at the prestigious 'Department of Human Communications Sciences' at the University Of Sheffield, provide empirical evidence that substantiate the 'Listening Programme's efficacy and credibility.

The Listening Programmes psychoacoustically modified music and production techniques are designed to stimulate or 'exercise' the different functions of the auditory processing system.  This enables the brain to better receive, process, store and utilise the valuable information provided through the varied soundscapes in our lives, such as music, language and the environment in which we live.

The Ear - Brain Connection.

So the question can we overcome auditory processing challenges - moving from a disorganised to an organised system?

Certain classical music, like that of Mozart, Hayden and Vivaldi, has specific structure, producing sound waves in organised patterns.  Within these patterns are vital elements, including time, frequency and volume.  When listening to music, the ear is receiving the musical sound waves - waves that arrive in different frequencies, measured in Hertz (Hz).  These frequencies stimulate the brain and thus affect different functions.

Specific Frequencies for Specific Functions.

The Listening Programme comines decades of clinical research in various fields, including neurology, physiology, psycho-acoustics, auditory processing, music theory and more.  The method buidls on the work of respected leaders in these fields, such as ear, nose and throat physician Alfred Tomatis, M.D.  Among other discoveries Dr Tomatis helped identify the relationship between certain sound frequencies and their effects upon the function of the brain.  A simplified explanation of Dr Tomatis findings show that certain zones of sound frequencies affect different abilities.

The Listening Programme is designed to address these zones, systematically providing auditory stimulation when customised for Snowdrop's clients, which can help to improve their ability to function in a number of ways.

The basic building blocks of auditory processing are trained using the fundamentals of music; - Frequency, Volume and Timing.

Is there any evidence to support the use of the Listening Programme?

Yes!  Anyone wanting to read research papers from the University of Sheffield, should click on the following link.

University of Sheffield - Research Study. - The Listening Programme

How much does the Listening Programme cost?

The cost of the 10 psychoaccoustically modified CD's which make up the programme is £378.(£389 including 'Google Checkout' Charges).  The additional cost of Snowdrop monitoring and controlling your child's programme through email or telephone consultation is £20 every two weeks.

I do not live close to Snowdrop in Devon, can I still enrol my child on the programme?

Yes, you do not have to visit Snowdrop in order to benefit from the programme.  You simply order the programme from Snowdrop by email or telephone and then pay for it by using the 'Google Checkout' buttons below.  Your programme will then be delivered to your door.  Every two weeks, Snowdrop will then consult with you by email or telephone and we will direct you concerning how to implement the programme.

The Listening Programme for Schools.

The cost of the Listening Programme for use by numerous children in a school environment is £600 for the CD's, plus fortnightly monitoring of the programme by Snowdrop at a cost of £60 per fortnightly consultation. (Excluding any travelling expenses).

Order the Listening Programme below.

 The Listening Programme, set of 10 Psychoacoustically modified CD's

It is recommended that for maximum effect you listen to the psychoacoustically modified CD's through headphones approved by Advanced Brain Technologies.  You can purchase them below.

Sennheiser HD518 Headphones. £110

Sennheiser HD558 Headphones. £145

Opinions on the Listening Programme.

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