Prof. Alfred Tomatis Therapy
The training involves listening to appropriately selected sound material through a device called an “electronic ear” which is an perfect model of human ear – it “trains” the ear in such a way that it can work without disruptions. These exercises stimulate the central nervous system, in particular cerebral cortex, which is the center of thinking processes. Stimulation takes place through sounds with a specific frequency; these sounds are properly filtered. The training consists of several phases, individually selected sound material reaches the patient by air and through the bones. During the session, you can talk, play board and logical games, play or sleep.
The whole training consists of several phases, from very intensive sound stimulation initiating therapy up to active participation of the patient.
Stage I – 30 hours of exercises spread over 15 days, two hours a day.
Stage II – 15 hours of exercises held after 1-2 month break. This phase concentrates, as opposed to the first one, on work with the microphone, so that the patient has an opportunity to listen to the right voice and work with it.
Training of hearing attention is preceded by an auditory laterality test – using an audiometer, which helps to determine the level of auditory attention and the dominant ear. During the test, in the case of children, an interview with the parents is carried out regarding the course of the pregnancy, development of the child in the first and next years of life, and illness history.
Hearing vs. listening
The leading function of the ear, according to Professor Tomatis, is not listening but hearing. He distinguishes these terms very clearly: hearing, by nature, is passive, while listening involves engagement and activity. The listening skills comprise both the ability to absorb information and its appropriate filtering. A child may hear well, but that does not mean they listen well, too, i.e. that they have a correctly developed auditory balance. They may have difficulties with correct selection and analysis of sounds, distinguishing high and low frequencies, and not have the skill of simultaneous association of the graphic sign with wound, which is necessary for correct reading and writing. Additionally, this can be accompanied by psychomotor hyperactivity. All of the aforementioned factors may impair the child’s motivation to learn, arouse discouragement and negatively impact the self-esteem. Lack of auditory attention also causes such school problems as dyslexia or dysgraphia. Auditory attention is associated with auditory laterality. Many school problems result from incorrect laterality, i.e. domination of the left ear. The advantage of the domination of the right ear is that it processes sound information much faster and more precisely than the left ear. The auditory training method is helpful both in the case of developing attention and stimulating the correct auditory laterality.
Who is it for?
- Patients with neurological disorders
- Autistic children
- Children with school problems (among others dyslexia)
- Everyone who would like to enhance the work of their brain
- Persons learning foreign languages
- Persons living under permanent stress
- Pregnant women
- Improvement of the capacity to maintain motor coordination and balance, which perfectly supplements the effects of motor rehabilitation in suits for neurological patients
- It reduces the hypersensitivity to sound in autistic children
- Stimulates and improves the work of the brain using high sounds
- Improves focus and concentration through strengthening the auditory function
- Facilitates learning and assimilation of foreign languages
- Reduces the number of orthographic mistakes
- Increases efficiency of communication
- Calms down, relaxes and has anti-stress action