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


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.

Boy With Dyslexia

Letter from Harriet whose son has finished a Tomatis programme in Auckland. She writes:


My name is Harriet Epstein. I have a dyslexic son with audio processing complications. I came across the Tomatis Method a few months ago and was delighted to meet Maria whose work has been invaluable to his progress and development.

I took my son out of school last year and home schooled him for a couple of terms, as the education system was not meeting his needs. I feel very strongly that the Tomatis Method offered by Maria and Fredrik has been an integral part of his progress. (Published with permission.)

Tomatis® Now in Taranaki

The Tomatis® Method has reached Taranaki and is helping children and adults develop and enhance their cognitive functions as well as reducing stress and anxiety. Watch this great video and read the article published in Taranaki Daily News.

Kylie Ujdur, Tomatis® Practioner Level 1 explains the Tomatis® Method and the benefits of a training programme.

Read the full article here.

Sounds in the Foreign Language Lesson

This paper by Philipp Botes, published in Scenario Volume 2015, Issue 1, describes the link between language and music, and between voice and hearing based on Dr Tomatis research and the “Tomatis Effect”. There is also an example of how sounds and music can be used in foreign language teaching and learning.

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Listening Therapy with the Tomatis® Effect


The Tomatis® Method is a pedagogical method used to improve the listening of a person whose hearing functions correctly. It works thanks to a device, the Tomatis® Electronic Ear, that causes musical contrasts by suddenly and unpredictably changing the timbre and intensity of the music. This effect surprises the brain and triggers its attention mechanisms. We say that the brain puts itself in a listening position.

Sound is transmitted through air via the ear canal. It is also transmitted by a vibration at the top of the headset. This vibration is called bone conduction. Bone conduction transmits the sound directly to the inner ear, thus preparing it to receive the sound transmitted through the eardrum. Read More

Listening Affects Learning

Come to this talk if there is room for improvement for your child or yourself. Auditory processing is key to effective brain function. Registration and more info at: www.tomatis.co.nz/kerikeri



The use of music as therapeutic intervention for students with APD

The use of music and other forms of organized sound as a therapeutic intervention for students with auditory processing disorder: providing the best auditory experience for children with learning differences

by Faronii-Butler, Kishasha O., Ed.D., FIELDING GRADUATE UNIVERSITY, 2013, 154 pages; 3603783

This auto-ethnographical inquiry used vignettes and interviews to examine the therapeutic use of music and other forms of organized sound in the learning environment of individuals with Central Auditory Processing Disorders.

It is an investigation of the traditions of healing with sound vibrations, from its earliest cultural roots in shamanism and ritual healing ceremony through its present evolutionary form of what is currently referred to as music and auditory integration therapy. The matter-altering power of sound-wave vibrations are invited to support traditional teaching methodologies in the learning environment of children with ADHD, ASD, and other learning differences as well as neuro-typical children who have difficulty attending due to issues caused by a disruptive, distorted, or inappropriate processing of sounds.

This qualitative research proposes that sound vibrations and music-based listening can be directed with given intention. Timbre, pitch, and volume can target specific areas of the body to bring about changes in problematic behavior, language acquisition, as well as improved productivity, learning, and development. Read More

Babies Learn to Recognize Words in the Womb

Research by cognitive neuroscientist Eino Partanen and his team of the University of Helsinki show that brain wave patterns show that babies recognize “pseudowords” they heard in the womb. The team gave expectant women a recording to play several times a week during their last few months of pregnancy, which included a made-up word, “tatata,” repeated many times and interspersed with music. Sometimes the middle syllable was varied, with a different pitch or vowel sound. By the time the babies were born, they had heard the made-up word, on average, more than 25,000 times. And when they were tested after birth, these infants’ brains recognized the word and its variations, while infants in a control group did not, Partanen’s group reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Link to article: Babies Learn to Recognize Words in the Womb | Science/AAAS | News.

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
: David R. Moore & Lisa L. Hunter at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Department of Otolaryngology
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