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Does the Listening Program Work?
What is the average length of the program?
What is the reason for the breaks between the different phases of the program?
How is progress assessed?
What do we do during the daily two hour sessions?
Does the program work well in association with other therapies?
I have a hearing loss. Can the listening program help me?
Which music do you play during the sessions?
What is the difference between the Tomatis Method and CDs based on the Tomatis Method?
How can I become a
Toronto Listening Center studied the results of the program on 400
children and adolescents. They all had well-documented histories of
learning problems, as well as a pattern of under-achievement on
psycho-educational tests. The results of the study of the treatment were
graded by parents on a percentage point scale. In this test, 95% of the
parents responded that the program had helped their children. Here are the
areas they saw improvement in:
» Communication: 89%
» Attention Span 86%
» Frustration Level 80%
» Reading Comprehension 85%
» Quality of Speech 74%
» Memory 73%
» Spelling 69%
follow-up assessment six months after the program ended, 83% of the
children (according to the parents) had maintained the improvements
and/or had continued to make further gains. An additional 145 of the original
400 had maintained some of the gains. Only 3% maintained none of the improvements.
For additional test results, please see "Research".
Programs are tailored to meet the personal needs of each client. The length
depends on two factors:
» the nature, length and severity of the problem
» the response of the client to the program.
Some clients respond
more quickly than others. As much as possible, we try to give an accurate
estimate for the duration of the program before starting. Keeping this
in mind, an average program consists of three
approximately 70 hours in total. However, some clients may need
A: If we were machines, we could
take the program without interruption. But as human beings, we need
periods of integration. Those so-called periods of rest are important.
Parents often observe signs of obvious changes during those periods, as
the child starts to process information in a more integrated and natural
A: A listening test is performed for
every 15 hours of the program to track progress. This test is followed by
a short interview or counseling session (if needed) to summarize what has
been achieved and to explore reactions, thoughts and feelings of the
client. We always ask clients to let us know when the experience reactions
that may result from the program. The test results and the feedback are
very important because they may lead to changes and furthering tailoring
to the program.
We also encourage parents (or adult
clients) to chart their children’s progress by keeping a journal or
writing a short report to summarize their observations during each period
of the program. We have adults who keep a diary throughout the program,
which deepens and intensifies their therapeutic process.
the passive phase, children draw, paint, play games, do exercises
that increase their sensory awareness or that improve their balance and
coordination. Adults draw, work on a puzzle, meditate, rest, sometimes
fall asleep as they start to relax more deeply. Art work is a great adjunct
to the program: music, indeed, brings often a lot of mental images that,
once projected on the paper, can bring about new ideas, associations,
feelings that speed up the process, and expand awareness.
is not on the outcome (a good or bad drawing) but on the process itself.
We ask adult clients to do two drawings a day and to keep them in a file
since they often provide us with important information to adjust the program.
That is because often the same themes appear, as if the unconscious of
all of us contains the same archetypal images that are released by music
and sounds being played during the sessions.
active phase, children and adults still do some of the same kinds
of activities, but they are also involved in doing vocal exercises as
It works well in conjunction with occupational therapy, sensory integration
and speech therapy. They are all complementary. In our experience, the
program speeds up the other therapies. In case of emotional problems,
psychotherapy may be of help.
We do not treat hearing loss or deafness. This is the domain of the audiologists.
Actually, we refer hearing impaired clients to them. Our role is very
A: We play Mozart, Gregorian Chant
and a recording to the mother’s voice, when available or suitable. Dr.
Tomatis, the founder of this therapy, investigated many forms of music.
He found that Mozart was universally accepted and had the best
therapeutic results. However, the music is filtered and does not sound
exactly like the music you play on your CD player. We also use Gregorian
Chant because its rhythm is the same as that of our heartbeat, or breath
when we are very relaxed. It has a very calming effect on people who are
anxious or hyperactive. In addition, its vowels are elongated, leaving
enough time to perceive them clearly. As a result, it helps children
with auditory processing difficulties or speech problems to improve
is the difference between the Tomatis Method and CDs based on the
There are many people in this world that
have latched on the work of Tomatis. Unfortunately, many of the people
that claim to do Tomatis work, only do so in name. There are only a few
people in the United States and Canada that have been thoroughly trained in the
Tomatis Method. You can find their names on this website (Addresses)
Some people sell tapes or CDs that claim
to be based on Tomatis's work. The benefits you'll get from tapes and
CDs pale in comparison to those obtained with the Tomatis Method.
First of all, it is key to first test whether
you would benefit from auditory stimulation, and if so, what program
would be beneficial. For some people (like people with epilepsy or
tinitus), auditory stimulated is not advisable, and should only be
done under strict supervision of an expert. When you use a tape or CD, you by-pass this crucial
step. These systems are based on the philosophy: "One size fits
Tapes and CDs
cannot make you right ear dominant, the prerequisite for becoming
a good learner. They talk about it, but it is just an advertising
Tapes and CDs do
not have bone conduction making them less effective in addressing
Tapes and CD's
claim to use "gated music", but what they call
"gated music" has nothing to do with Tomatis gating
system, and is less effective in training the muscles of the
Tapes and CD
programs do not include vocal exercises under the Electronic Ear.
It is a combination of passive and active listening
that makes the Tomatis Method work.
How can I become a Tomatis practicioner?
There are several people in the US, Canada
and Europe that provide training in methods that are related to the Tomatis
Method. As the options differ significantly, it would be wise to carefully compare them,
both with regards to the training, purchase of the
equipment and other contractual terms. You can check out these
options on the following websites:
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