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. 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”.
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 just in my 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. 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 for the EI population at home, regardless of how willing parents seemed to be. And very few were that willing. Maybe they would be able to do insulin injections on a schedule, but not music.
Quickshifts: More Flexible, More Easily Tolerated, More Effective in EI
Quickshifts have been much more flexible but just as successful. 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.
Parents are happy to be able to download the albums 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 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.