“In the time I have been an eye-witness to Dr. Minson’s trajectory in the field of psychoacoustics, the branch of psychology concerned with sound and its physiological effects, I have noted a few common themes that run through his professional life story: a willingness to go boldly into uncharted territory, an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and an equally passionate desire to help people. Not everyone gets the privilege of working with their spouse. Yet, we have made it work for thirty-five years. Was it because I said I would help him for ‘one year’ to realize the dream which has now manifested as Integrated Listening Systems? Well, that year passed by almost thirty years ago… His passion and drive are also what led him to leave his career as a general practice physician to go into the field of psychiatry because in his practice he saw a deep correlation between suppressed emotional pain and the experience of childhood trauma as unconscious factors underlying the emergence of physical illnesses. He hoped to improve healing for physical illnesses by getting at what is often the root cause, namely, repressed emotional pain. And, so it is to this day. When it is lights out, he can be found reading functional neuroanatomy and its relationship to iLs. Always the consummate learner, he began the study of classical piano at age 48. Little did he know that this study and his life long love of classical music would play such a critical role when it came to selecting the classical music of iLs. Along with being an avid learner, he has a strong desire... read more
Melville Occupational Therapy and Extra Lesson put 8 children through the Integrated Listening System’s Safe and Sound Program in April 2018. This program delivers filtered music through air conduction headphones using only vocal music. The focus of this program is on the middle frequencies which in turn supports language, emotional regulation and anxiety.
The parents filled in the Measure of Foundations of Abilities questionnaire before and after the program and each parent was interviewed afterwards.
Melville Occupational Therapy and Extra Lesson for Children is now registered as a WA NDIS My Way provider. To learn about the services we provide and if you are eligible to receive them please continue reading.
In 2001 Clara & Damian Harris were overjoyed to be expecting their first child. They had dreams of raising their child on the family farm in Binnu, Western Australia. Never did they imagine that the next 19 years would actually be filled with intensive applied behavior therapy, main stream school, severe depression, special needs schooling, dreams of being eaten by sharks and bureaucratic bungling.
There are many different pencil grips that have been designed to assist children to hold their pencils in a functional way. It is important that the right pencil grip is selected for the child’s individual needs. This is assessed by an Occupational Therapist. The use of the grips must also be closely monitored to ensure the child is using it correctly.