What if you could add a sensory-based treatment that could target specific sensory and behavioral goals, doesn’t require expensive equipment or a large therapy space, and you could see the effects within a very short time?
Since adding Quickshifts to my therapy sessions, I have been able to address some of the more difficult behaviors and sensory processing issues I encounter in EI. Very young children are often afraid of being on therapy balls and swings, and they don’t always tolerate the Wilbarger or Astronaut protocols Why Is The Wilbarger Protocol So Hard To Get Right?. But everyone can listen to music. Enter Quickshifts.
I am primarily using them over speakers, since even older kids are struggling with wearing headphones. I find that this isn’t preventing progress, and I periodically try to reintroduce headphones with children over 2. They can change so quickly that I never know when “NO” will turn into “maybe”.
Every Quickshift album uses brainwave entrainment. The use of binaural beat technology (BBT) for entrainment of an alpha brainwave state has really made a difference with the kids who display predominantly anxious or dysregulated states. Read more about BBT in Binaural Beats and Regulation; More Than Music Therapy.
Why Modulated Music Wasn’t Working For Me
I stopped using Modulated music a long time ago. Not because I didn’t think it was an effective treatment. Because I couldn’t get any compliance at home, and I saw very little progress with use only in my therapy sessions. There was often a learning phase, in which I had to adjust the amount of listening time to prevent overwhelming young or very challenged children. Using them only in treatment sessions seemed to make little meaningful difference in my little customers. Families were resistant; even the families that really wanted to use this music. The way Modulated music needed to be scheduled and used (two daily 30-minute sessions, 2-3 hour wait before sleep times and between listening times) made it almost impossible to use with very young children at home, regardless of how willing parents seemed to be. And very few parents were that willing. Maybe they would be able to do insulin injections on a schedule, but not therapeutic music. I hated begging, so I had to find something easier that worked well.
Quickshifts: More Flexible, More Easily Tolerated, More Effective in EI
Quickshifts have been much more flexible, but just as successful. Maybe more! They can be used often throughout the day, any time of the day. I haven’t seen one small child react in a way that indicated that they were overwhelmed. The ability to target specific types of sensory-based goals means I can deliver results the parents can see. the emphasis on alpha brainwave states seems to deliver an extra layer of calmness.
Parents are happy to be able to download the albums onto their phones and use them to improve transitions, sleep, attention and more. The use of technology to entrain an alpha brainwave state means that if the album isn’t a perfect fit, I don’t get an overwhelmed child; there is always some degree of improvement in regulation and arousal. But when I have seen kids generate more postural activation, calm down and even laugh, or tune into their environments in ways they never have before Quickshifts, I wonder why I waited so long to get this treatment on board.
Wondering if adults can use Quickshifts too? Read Should the PARENTS of Kids With Sensory Issues Use Quickshifts? for more about how this music can help everybody in the family.
If you are tempted to go out and buy these albums without the guidance of an OTR that is trained in sound therapy, please reconsider. The reason that I have had such success with Quickshifts is not just because this treatment works. It is because I use it as part of a whole sensory-based protocol, in which I can select and prescribe the right music to be used at the right time. There really is a reason to have an OTR help you. You will get better results, avoid problems, save time and money, and have someone trained in treatment guiding you. Not Dr. Google.