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Sarah Marshall
M.A. Hons (Psych)
Neuro Developmental Therapist (INPP)
Sound Therapist (JIAS)



 Who can benifit from JIAS?

Johansen Individualised Auditory Stimulation can be of benefit to children, adolescents and adults with a variety of speech and/or language difficulties, both spoken and written (including specific learning difficulties and dyslexia).

Reading
Spelling
Awareness of speech sounds
Speech
Understanding and remembering information and instructions
Hypersensitivity to sounds
Concentration
Self confidence and self esteem

Children, adolescents and adults of a wide age range can benefit from Johansen Individualised Auditory Stimulation. Children as young as three years old have successfully followed the programme, and adults have also benefited. For older individuals, the programme may take longer to complete than for younger people.

Young children
Johansen Individualised Auditory Stimulation helps individuals to hear sounds more accurately and efficiently. For young children with speech that is difficult to understand, JIAS can enhance their ability to improve the accuracy of their speech sound production and works very well alongside any speech and language therapy input they may be receiving. Children who have difficulty in understanding what is said to them, or in expressing themselves effectively can also benefit greatly from JIAS.

School age children
Johansen Individualised Auditory Stimulation improves auditory processing efficiency. Children who find it difficult to follow instructions, do not seem to listen to what is being said to them, or need extra time to respond to a question, may have a problem with auditory processing. Johansen Individualised Auditory Stimulation can improve these underlying difficulties which may be part of the cause of their difficulty with understanding. This may include children with spoken language difficulties, including specific language impairment (SLI), dyspraxia, ADHD or dyslexia. JIAS can also be very helpful for children with expressive language difficulties, with speech sound difficulties and those on the autistic spectrum.

Children for whom reading and spelling are problematic, find it easier to analyse the sound structure of words following listening to Johansen Individualised Auditory Stimulation music. Together with good targeted teaching this can help their literacy skills significantly.

Adults
Johansen Individualised Auditory Stimulation has not been used with adults as widely as with children. However, those who have been through the programme have reported improvements with processing incoming auditory information as well as with their reading and spelling.


Johansen Individualised Auditory Stimulation is not a magical answer to all a child's problems
. It is important that children are assessed prior to starting on the programme to ensure that Sound Therapy is an appropriate approach for their particular difficulties. For a small minority of children with language difficulties JIAS may not work, though there are very few in our experience, who will not gain some benefit from it. For the vast majority, those who through assessment are identified as being likely to be helped, it can make a very great difference.