Auditory and Specialty Programs

Family Achievement Center offers an array of auditory and specialty programs to fit your needs.

Auditory and Specialty Programs Stillwater Bloomington Woodbury Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy
Integrated Listening System © (iLs): This program involves listening to filtered music through specialized headphones through air & bone conduction. It provides specific visual and vestibular balance stimulation to strengthen neurological pathways and improve the ability to learn and to process information.This is a home-based treatment program delivered under the guidance of a trained therapist. Interactive Metronome ® (IM): This program challenges the patient to synchronize a range of hand and foot motor exercises to a precise computer-generated reference tone heard through headphones. This program works on improving attention, memory and coordination. This is available as an in-clinic strategy as well as a home based treatment.Therapeutic Listening ®(TL): This program involves using specially modulated music through headphones to activate both the auditory and vestibular (balance) systems simultaneously to set up the nervous system to prepare it for emerging skills. This is a home based treatment program delivered under the guidance of a trained therapist.

Safe & Sound Protocol:The SSP was developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, a psychologist, after nearly 40 years of research on the role of the autonomic nervous system in emotional regulation. It is a five-day intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. It uses specially modified music to reset the nervous system in order to establish a calmer state. In this calmer physiological and emotional state, individuals can be more receptive for communication and for engaging in other therapeutic interventions. The SSP focuses on calming the autonomic nervous system (the system responsible for the “fight or flight” response). As the program targets this portion of the nervous system and helps them calm or relax, the individual is listening to music that helps them attend to and process speech sounds. The individual listens to music for 1 hour a day for 5 consecutive days. The music can be broken into 2 thirty minute sections if the individual is not able to tolerate a full hour. The safe and sound protocol is a private pay program at Family Achievement Center.

QuickShifts®: This approach involves listening to modified music through specialized headphones in order to promote the development of specific skills such as sensory regulation, calming, bilateral coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and social interactions. This program can be used in conjunction with traditional therapy services.

PROMPT ©: This program is a multidimensional approach to address speech/articulation impairments using a physical-sensory aspect of motor performance, cognitive-linguistic, and social-emotional features. This is an in-clinic strategy provided by a trained therapist.

Talk Tools ®: This program uses a variety of tools (i.e. horns, bubbles, straws, etc) to provide specific physical feedback to the structures of the mouth in order to improve the coordination, stability and awareness of mouth structures such as the lips, jaw, tongue in order to improve the clarity of speech. This is used in conjunction with traditional speech therapy.

Beckman Oral Motor ©: This program uses a specific pattern of stretches and exercises in order to strengthen and improve the coordination of the muscles of the jaw, lips, cheeks, and tongue. This program may be beneficial for individuals who have difficulty with drooling, managing food or fluids in their mouth when eating/drinking , or who have difficulty producing speech sounds. This is an in-clinic strategy provided by a trained therapist.

Please contact our staff if you have additional questions about our specialty programs.


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