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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Kids with learning challenges reach milestones with 'kinesthetic listening | Education - Buffalo News

Scott Scanlon, award-winning reporter explains, "Will Barrett, 15, was struggling on the baseball team and in the classroom last spring at Christian Central Academy when he tried an unfamiliar therapy designed to retrain the brain through sound waves."

“Your brain can grow and change – and you’ve got to challenge it,” says Sarah Smith, owner of Kinesthetic Listening Center of Western New York in East Aurora. She is pictured helping Olivia Greiner during a recent craft session.
Photo: Shuran Huang/Buffalo News

Olivia Greiner and her parents decided Olivia should give it a try, too, as part of the steps they’ve taken to help the 10-year-old from Lancaster address mood and non-verbal learning challenges.

Will, Olivia and their families can’t explain in detail how sessions work at the Kinesthetic Listening Center of Western New York – but the results speak for themselves.

Anxiety gripped Will before sporting events and tests. Within a few weeks, kinesthetic listening boosted his performance on the ballfield and golf course. His grades improved dramatically. He passed all three Regents tests he took, including pulling an 87 on the year-end Spanish exam.

"It's trained my mind to calm itself down," he said...

The sessions are designed to improve hand-eye coordination and challenge the mind with what Sarah Smith called “old-fashioned play.” Clients perform a variety of balancing or detail-oriented tasks, following directions and establishing patterns, while wearing a headset. Classical music, air and sound waves pulse through the headset, stimulating the nervous system and brain.

Will favors jazz drummer Buddy Rich, country singer Toby Keith and rapper Post Malone, but said he’s grown to like Gregorian chants and the Beethoven and Mozart music used as part of the technique. It’s set at a tone low enough for him to hear instructions from the Smiths. He wears a headset as the couple put him through paces that include using a balance board while throwing and catching balls with both hands.

Source: Buffalo News