The use of a program like The Listening Program with bone conduction headphones changes hypersensitivity to sound and behavioral responses associated with flight/fight responses of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder therefore increasing adaptive life skills.
Study ID: STU-2019-1698
Children with a diagnosis of aSD with auditory SoR to sound, ages 5 to 10 years, will be recruited from the campuses of Children's Health Rehabilitation and Therapy Services and the Center for Autism Care.Community recruitment may occur if unable to recruit enough through Children's. The study will use a nonconcurrent aB multiple baseline design, with a representing the baseline phase and B representing the intervention phase with a postintervention non-treatment phase. at baseline (a), demographic information will be collected and the following outcome measures will be completed: the Pediatric evaluation of Disability inventory Computer adaptive Test with aSD Scales (PeDi CaT(aSD), Sensory Processing Measure(SPM) home form, the adaptive Behavioral assessment System 3rd edition aBaS-3 and autism Treatment evaluation Checklist (aTeC). During the intervention (B) phase, parents of participants in the treatment group will be educated by the investigators on use of The Listening Program at home, and then participants in this group will receive treatment at home utilizing The Listening Program for 40 weeks. Testing, using the same 4 outcome measures, will be completed at the 41st week after use, and then again after 3 months of no treatment. Between testing sessions, caregivers and investigators will set up three phone or hospital-approved virtual platform meetings at approximately 10 week intervals to check in and answer questions. The study is expected to run until the target number of 5 to 8 participants are enrolled. [See protocol for complete text]
The objective of this study is to investigate changes in adaptive life skills and behavioral responses in children with aSD using advanced Brain Technology's Listening Program Spectrum music utilizing Waves bone conduction headphones. This specific program was designed for children with aSD and is being used clinically as a treatment for children with aSD. This program, and other types of music or sound based interventions, have been used safely on a regular basis by occupational therapists. However, this is the first study to investigate the effects of this specific program on children with aSD.