The Listening Program

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"You don't learn to read by seeing, you learn to read by hearing."

"Creating the best possible listening conditions is part of a reading program"


The Listening Program is a classical music listening program which a student listens to once or twice a day for thirty minutes or so. The music has been recorded in a way that boosts opportunities for sound processing using patented recording techniques which exercise the auditory pathways and the brain.


The program is delivered on an iPod attached to a bone conduction unit. The bone conduction unit is a set of high quality Seinnheisseur headphones which have been adapted to include a vibrational unit which sits on the crown of the head. The level of the bone conduction is adjusted by the provider.  Providers of the program are professionals who generally come from the fields of healthcare, special education and speech and language therapy. They must attend a three day training event run by Advanced Brain Technology who provide The Listening Program.

The program is holistic in nature and outcomes vary from one child to another. The manufacturers claim a number of possible benefits in a number of different areas. There are a number of first-hand accounts to support this. The use of the program to support a literacy intervention with hearing impaired pupils was the subject of a research project with Birmingham University recently (2012). This action research was recently awarded an M.Ed.

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The Listening program does appear to boost children’s listening, concentration and auditory memory.  We have found it to very effective as a support or as a preparation for a sound based reading intervention such as the Wilson Just Words Program.

Check out the video below for more information on the Listening Program.





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Wilson Instructor Textbook

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