The next TOMATIS® Practitioner Level 1 course will take place in Auckland on 29-30 September 2018. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Alfred Tomatis was born in Nice on January 1, 1920 and died in Carcassone at Christmas 2001. A Doctor of Medicine from the University of Paris, he specialised in ear, nose and throat medicine and speech therapy.
Dr Tomatis devoted most of his professional life to observe and research the ability to listen and its influence on a healthy body and mind. He was especially fascinated by the relationship between the ear and the voice.
In 1947, when Alfred Tomatis first started his research in the fields of audiology and phonology, he discovered the close connections between the ear, the voice and the nervous system. This lead to the formulation of three laws known as “The Tomatis Effect”. His research was acknowledged and made official in 1957 by the Academy of Science and Medicine in Paris.
Dr Tomatis Three Laws:
The Tomatis® Effect is the foundation for the methodology of listening training that Dr Tomatis developed. His Electronic Ear and Listening Test System constitute the technical inventions that make the Tomatis® Method possible to use and reproduce with lasting results.
Many of Dr Tomatis theories on hearing and listening, and the impact of auditory processing on learning were controversial at the time. He claimed, for example, that the fetus can hear in the womb and that sound has an organising effect on the developing brain. Nowadays there is massive support for these theories thanks to the recent advances of neuroscience.
Dr Tomatis’ awards and honors include: