Tomatis Sound Therapy Training
There are many sound therapies available in the US today and all of them claim to have found their base in the founder and originator of Sound Therapy, Dr. A. Tomatis. It is important to know from the outset that the Tomatis® Method is the only program available in the US that provides the full extend of the Tomatis® effect and contains the three laws for which Dr. Tomatis has received many rewards and acclamations. Many programs claim to be Tomatis® based, which honors this great man for the profound effect that he had in his life on children and adults during his lifetime and beyond.
Dr. A. Tomatis
He was a doctor of medicine (Ear, nose, and throat physician) and a specialist in problems with hearing and language. Dr. Tomatis founded, and was the president of, the field of Audio – Psycho- Phonology at the School of Anthropology in Paris. Amongst many awards, he was awarded distinctively by the Paris Academy of Sciences and the Paris Academy of Medicine for creating the “Tomatis® Effect”, which was to be expressed by 3 laws:
maintained over a certain time (the law of duration or permanence).
Besides these three laws, which are integral for permanent change, the Tomatis® Method includes the normal physical, sensory, and physiological development of a person and also stimulates, with integration, several cranial nerve pathways in the brain.
The Concept of Listening
There are 3 functions to the ear:
Listening is not hearing. Hearing is the ability to discriminate different frequency ranges as they are tested by audiologists. In Tomatis® Training we do not work with hearing. Most of the time persons would return from a visit to an audiologist with a perfect hearing score. Listening is the ability to use one’s hearing intentionally and attentively, and in a way that is acceptable on an emotional level, for the purpose of learning and communicating. It is a high level cortical function. Listening can be affected by developmental delays (too frequent occurrences of ear infection in early formative years being one red flag), auditory processing and communicative disorders, and emotional disturbances as well.
See our Listening Checklist to see if you or a family member would be considered to have a listening difficulty that could be assisted by Tomatis training.
The Tomatis Method
Our Tomatis Clinical Program
Children and adults are treated through this program at our center. We operate three sessions daily during the school year (September through May) and four sessions daily from June through August. Each session is two hours in length. The person listens to mostly Mozart Music and Gregorian Chants, which is modified in whichever way the Certified Tomatis Consultant plans for each individual client.
Clients attend the program for periods of three Intensives; 15 consecutive days (except for Sundays), take a four-week break for consolidation, then eight consecutive days (except for Sundays), another 4-week break, then a last intensive for 8 days. Clients are typically re-assessed about 2 to 3 months after their last day of intervention to determine the progress made in comparison with their initial assessment.
Initial and Exit Interviews with the families are conducted at the initiation and exit of each intensive burst and Listening tests on the Tomatis® Listening test machine are conducted where applicable before and after each intensive.
Tomatis Home Program - Solisten (TC)
This home program is only available for use through Certified Tomatis® Consultants, who have had more extensive training in the use of the Method. It enables the Tomatis® Consultant to have the flexibility of utilizing a home program when needed. The home program follows the same timeframe of the three intensives as with the clinical program.
Good Books to Read
Campbell, Don. The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit. New York: Harper Paperbacks, 2001.
Campbell, Don, and Doman, Alex. Healing at the Speed of Sound: How What We Hear Transforms Our Brains and Our Lives. New York, NY: Hudson Street Press, 2011.
Madaule, Paul. When Listening Comes Alive: A Guide to Effective Learning and Communication. Norval, Ontario: Moulin, 1994.
Sollier, Pierre. Listening for Wellness: An Introduction to the Tomatis Method. Walnut Creek, CA: The Mozart Center Press, 2005.
Tomatis, A. A. The Conscious Ear: My Life of Transformation Through Listening. Barrytown, NY: Station Hill Press, 1991.
Tomatis, A. A. The Ear and Language. Norval, Ontario: Moulin Publishing, 1996.