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.

Boy With Dyslexia

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

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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.)

Advocate South: Tomatis® Music Therapy for Learning Disorders

Advocate South 6 October 2016

Advocate South 6 October 2016, front page.

Rachel Walker describes how much the Tomatis programme has helped her son Oliver who has a severe developmental delay caused by a rare partial chromosome deletion. The Rotary Club of Fiordland has funded the programme for Oliver whose progress is evident for everyone who knows him.

Oliver’s mother Rachel Walker said she thought that there was nothing to lose but potentially a lot to gain when she first heard about Tomatis therapy. “We noticed a change with Oliver’s speech in the first couple of days, he started to make new sounds” she says.

The picture shows Pam Mitchell, Tomatis® Practitioner Level 2 in Te Anau, with 5-year-old Oliver.

Read the whole article here. 

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.

Melanie Vezey: A Testimonial on Dyslexia, Learning and Voice

Listen to Melanie, a mother of two sons with Dyslexia, on her testimony on the Tomatis® Programme.

 

I’m extremely pleased we found the Tomatis method for our boys but I’m actually pleased that we found it for me as
well.

 

One of our sons had reading difficulties in school. He just wasn’t able to learn the traditional way that he was being taught even though we had him tested, and he had exceptional hearing and exceptional eyesight. So over the years he was falling behind in his reading and writing and everything at school. Even though the school was trying each year a different method of intervention, a different reading programme, or support and we even tried different programmes on our own but the result was that it left him confused, frustrated and eventually we noticed that his confidence was starting to erode and no parent wants to see that.

I found Maria from an internet search just after a friend had loaned me the book, When Listening Comes Alive and I just glanced through it quickly and the few points I read I knew that this was something that I had to research.

So I found Maria online, she answered the phone and it turns out that they were just unpacking their boxes from having moved to New Zealand. So I was as pleased to find her when she just stepped into the country as she was to have her first client phone her.

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Siblings Programme

This 5 years old girl used to be quite anxious but after 2 weeks on the “siblings programme” her teacher has noted something interesting. This is why we are proud to offer complementary listening training for family members in our individual home programmes. (Published with permission)

Hello Maria,

Just me bothering you again, but here is _____’s form.
I forgot to tell you in the earlier email that I had an interview with her teacher this afternoon regarding her 6 weeks at school testing. She is doing very, very well but the thing I found most interesting was that her teacher said that in the last 2 weeks ____ has really come out of her shell and is gaining confidence daily. Thought you would find that to be a point worth noting.

Kind regards

_________

Speedy reading improvement

This 8 year old boy had several serious infections as a baby and experienced difficulties at school. Now he is on the fast track instead. There’s nothing like getting email updates like this! (Published with permission.)

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Hi Maria and Ingrid,

Just to let you know that ____ had a test a few
days ago and he is now ready at 11.5 years.

Hope you are all good.

The little girl who didn’t like hugs

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One of my students did not like touching or hugging people and she did not like to be touched herself either. She had difficulty interpreting these gestures. This student attended the Tomatis listening program and after three intensive blocks of listening she has become far more emotionally involved. She’s now giving her family members huge big hugs.
Her facial expression has also become more warm and soft. This is really neat to see that she is changing in a very positive way. Her reading and spelling are also improving. She’s more able to pace herself while she’s reading, to make her eyes track slowly and carefully so that her reading is becoming more accurate with proper intonation and punctuation instead of racing on.

Sjaan van Falier, Tomatis® Practitioner in Wellington, shares how the Tomatis® Method can make profound changes in behaviour and emotions after a few months on the programme.

Documentary from A Total Approach, Philadelphia, USA

In this documentary, Maud Le Roux–director and founder of A Total Approach in Philadelphia–parents, and staff share how the Tomatis® Method is integrated with occupational therapy to help children with various challenges. Several parents share their stories about their children’s progress.