Reading, Writing, Speech and Memory learning afflictions are on the rise on a global scale.
It is estimated that, on average, anywhere between 4 and 6% of children suffer from some kind of learning challenge. The issue is not that these children lack intelligence. More often than not, the problem lies in the child’s listening skills and it often takes more than an act of will to correct them.
Listening deficiencies often have neurobiological origins (meaning that the right signals aren’t always sent to the brain for optimal interaction between what the ear hears and what the brain processes).
In some extreme cases, brain development issues could be part or most of the problem. Problems like these are most often prenatal and include dyslexia (a reading disorder), dysorthography (a writing disorder), dyscalcula (like dyslexia but affecting the ability to process math) and sysphasia (a speech disorder, and one of a great many).
TOMATIS® Sound Therapy assists children to develop ways to manage a broad range of learning disabilities by teaching the brain how to compensate for various deficiencies.
It isn’t a cure-all solution, but it does make having these disorders manageable. In short, it creates an effective and lasting work-around that leaves the individual more functional in these and many other areas.
TOMATIS® and Auditory Health
Hearing is responsible for the conveyance of at least 90% of all sensory experiences. A healthy and functional auditory system is a key factor in many areas of mental health and wellness. Auditory processing is a vital skill that can be learned or improved with the use of the right combination of auditory signals.
TOMATIS® therapy trains the brain to listen much more effectively and weed out extraneous and distracting signals that force our brains to tend to things other than the necessary sensory cues.
Speech Development and Dyslexia
It has been confirmed that children can hear various sounds at various frequencies while still inside the womb. After delivery, language is learned primarily by listening and cataloguing the frequencies of the language spoken at home. Only a good degree of mastery of spoken words can bring about good reading and writing skills.
Mastering language is very often rooted and built up on the ability to not only hear, but listen and memorise various phonetic sounds and frequencies. If either of these are disrupted or misinterpreted by the brain, there can be an adverse effect on the ability to write and decode words through letters.
In order to be able to listen effectively, the ear needs clear and concise signals that allow it to analyse incoming auditory data. Sounds in nature, like the human voice, are extremely complex and contain both low and high frequencies. The ear needs to be able to distinguish the differences in order to properly analyse sounds. Those experiencing dyslexia, it has been found, cannot do this without conditioning.
In order to be able to read or write, a direct and instant correlation needs to happen between the visual cue and the corresponding sound or sounds. For the dyslexic, there is almost always an interrupt somewhere on the neurobiological chain that keeps the individual from clearly distinguishing between phonetic sounds and written letters.
To complicate the issue further, Dr. Tomatis discovered that just like everyone has a dominant hand, we also have a dominant ear and, for some, it is necessary to condition the right ear to do more of the active listening. Left-ear listeners are often less prone to understand complex concepts and suffer from many difficulties related to speech and language.
TOMATIS® and Memory
Having a good memory is vital for learning and good school performance, but before one can successfully store information, the information first needs to be correctly processed. For people who have listening deficiencies, this can be a unique and seemingly insurmountable challenge.
Memory problems in young children can have a years-long adverse effect on academics if a solution is not found early on. TOMATIS® Sound Therapy is an effective tool of early intervention for children who are under-performing in school.
Does your child have problems remembering what they have just written or read? Do they under-perform on spelling or seem to find it difficult to remember how to do math? Has your child’s teacher told you that the child has difficulty with reading comprehension? The issue is far less likely to be comprehension than it is with the memory of what has been read.
As already discussed, the written word has a direct correlation to the understood phonetic sounds and frequencies of the spoken word. This makes the ability to listen vital to being able to process and retain what we read. This is true for stories and it is true for retaining information while reading textbooks and studying.
If your child is having difficulty with reading or does not seem to retain the concepts taught in schoolbooks even when he or she reads carefully and thoroughly, TOMATIS® could be the thing that breaks down those barriers to learning.
Read, Speak, Write and Remember Better thanks to TOMATIS® Therapy
TOMATIS® works for people of all ages who suffer from memory difficulties. Dr. Tomatis found that regardless of the age of the individual, it is possible to train the ear to properly interpret sounds and send the proper signals to the brain for processing. It isn’t as much what the person hears as it is how they hear it.
I have worked with people of all ages throughout Australia to improve their listening skills with TOMATIS®. I have dealt with numerous parents who have already “tried everything” to help their children in areas of learning and communication but have not found viable solutions until now.