Early Childhood Council: The Tomatis® Method – A Sound Approach to Enhancing Learning Within Early Education

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The Tomatis® Method was featured in the December 2016 issue of Swings & Roundabouts published by Early Childhood Council.

Get inspired by how the Tomatis® Method has been included in the daily activities at the Kerikeri Community Childcare Trust and enjoy the learning story about Karl who after only 40 hours of Tomatis® listening has become calmer, more settled and receptive: finally able to listen and learn.

The Early Childhood Council  represents more than 1,100 independent early childhood centres employing thousands of teachers, and caring for tens of thousands of children. The magazine Swings & Roundabouts is published four times a year and is distributed to all the centres.

Read the article here. Scroll forward to page 26 to find it.

Tomatis® Sound Therapy for ASD/Autism

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30 September 2016

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

We had the pleasure of having Pam Mitchell enter our family’s life in 2013, when we were looking for childcare for our two children, William and Jessie. At the time Pam was the visiting teacher for home based childcarers Busy Bodies in Te Anau.

Our son William at the time was 3 and diagnosed with a severe communication disorder and possible ADHD. He required special supervision and had multiple extra services visit him, such as an occupational therapist, speech therapist and early intervention coordinator, while all under the care of a pediatrician. With the help of these services, his home educator Becky, and the guidance of Pam, William started to make some progress.

During 2015, doctors felt that William was exhibiting more markers of ASD (Autism) than previous tests had shown. As William started school in June, Pam approached my husband, Kris, and I about a new therapy that she had researched and trained in. This was Tomatis, a music therapy that was geared to awakening the brain and making new cognitive connections. I considered this alternative medicine, until I spoke with our GP and she said music therapy and physical therapy were some of the only medically proven therapies, that didn’t involve drugs, that helped children on the spectrum.

William began the Tomatis programme during his second term at school. I didn’t think we would make it through one session as William didn’t like things on his head, around his ears or loud music, these things could throw him into a meltdown. I was amazed one day when I arrived to pick him up that he was sound asleep. Within days William had stopped bed wetting, previous visits to an incontinence nurse hadn’t stopped this. He was now sleeping through the night regularly, for the first time in 5 years. He was generally calmer and had longer periods of focus. William’s speech therapist was astounded by the huge advancement in his oral language in the month between visits. After our second round of Tomatis, she felt his oral language skills were now on par with his peers.

After round two, changes weren’t as dramatic, but William was focusing in class better, but still achieving “below’ the national standard. Three months later after our 3rd round of Tomatis, William was now achieving “at” the national standard.

As a trained teacher, I have seen the struggles that many children have with school. The fact that William was now achieving, meant he could further concentrate on developing his social skills and continue to be a happy soul.

Our main goal for William has always been to be raise someone who can be happy in themselves while also positively contributing to society. Tomatis has been one of the non-invasive things that has allowed us to set along this path. The care, patience and passion for this therapy and her clients that Pam gives is another serious contributing factor.

I highly recommend this therapy and Pam Mitchell, to all ASD parents, as we all know there isn’t anything to lose from our children listening to beautiful, peaceful music every day. You will be amazed at the positive changes it will make to your whole family.
Raewyn Harrison
BEd (Tchg), NZDipBus, tired Mum of 2, Wife and Teacher.

Early Effects of the Tomatis Listening Method in Children with Attention Deficit Disorder

Via OhioLINK ETD: Sacarin, Liliana.

Author
Sacarin, Liliana

Year and Degree
2013, Psy. D., Antioch University, Antioch Seattle: Clinical Psychology.

Abstract
This study investigated the early effects of the Tomatis Method, hypothesizing improvement in processing speed, phonological awareness, reading efficiency, attention, behavior and brain physiology by the end of Phase 1 of the Tomatis Method. This study documented the effects of the first phase of the Tomatis Method on children with ADD ages 7-13.

Of the 25 participants, 15 received solely the Tomatis treatment while 10 served as controls and were stabilized on ADD medication three months prior to and throughout the study. Therefore, this research study compared Tomatis versus non-Tomatis intervention, not ADD medication treatment with Tomatis intervention.

The Tomatis group received 15 consecutive 2 hour sessions; participants received no additional vestibular or visual-motor exercises throughout the research.

Results revealed statistically significant improvements for the Tomatis group when compared to the non-Tomatis group: the experimental group showed significant improvement in processing speed, phonological awareness, phonemic decoding efficiency when reading, behavior, and auditory attention. Read More

Auditory Processing Disorder linked to language, attention and behaviour problems

This new study shows that Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) and language, literacy, attention and behaviour disorders overlap to a great degree. The researchers also propose to use the term ‘neurodevelopmental syndrome’ instead of APD to better explain the various parts of the brain and ear involved. Their research is based on data from a large pediatric audiology service.

Title: Auditory processing disorder (APD) in children: A marker of neurodevelopmental syndrome
Authors
: David R. Moore & Lisa L. Hunter at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Department of Otolaryngology
Abstract:
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