Date of Graduation

5-2023

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders

Advisor/Mentor

Eichler, Jeanne

Committee Member/Reader

Troillett, Amanda

Committee Member/Second Reader

Glade, Rachel

Abstract

A mixed-methods summary examining the effects of The Listening Program (TLP) on the daily performance of a graduate student is presented. This is a pilot study that will observe the impacts of this program and the possible improvements in focus, visual perception, time management, behavior, and emotional and social regulation. Improvements in self-control/belief and overall stress management were noted.

This case study focuses on one college-aged individual who is successfully and independently managing her graduate experience, receives no accommodations for disability, and has no previous experience with The Listening Program. Self-reports indicated high levels of intermittent stress and anxiety which affected her overall wellbeing.

The participant for this study was recruited using an email template sent to current graduate level students at a large state university. The participant completed a pre-study evaluation in which productivity, self-care, focus, behavior, and emotional regulation were measured with the Sensory Processing Measure (SPM-2), the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM), the Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS), and a behavioral observation checklist provided by The Listening Program. The participant completed The Listening Program Protocol for a ten-week period for thirty minutes per day, five days a week using AKG K361-BT headphones. A post-study evaluation was done to determine how the categories previously mentioned were affected. Post-study self-reports will be reviewed and summarized.

Keywords

Sound-based interventions, listening therapy, occupational therapy, stress management

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