Improve Learning with Sound Therapy
Efficient learning depends on integration of all sensory input - auditory, visual and tactile - in a part of the brain called the cerebellum.
Sound Therapy is a home based program used during daily activities on a portable player. The filtering process, using a specialist device designed by Dr Tomatis (called the "Electronic Ear"), adds tonal changes and extra high frequency sounds to stimulate the entire auditory system.
Sound Therapy improves cerebellar integration, and this improves the speed and efficiency of the brain for comprehending, sorting and remembering data. Sound Therapy also improves short term memory, spelling, language fluency and concentration.
- I am eager to get all my patients onto Sound Therapy - particularly the pregnant women, and the children with learning problems.
- Dr Cliff Bacchus
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In order to be able to read and write, we must be able to accurately hear all the sounds that make up words, identify them quickly and perceive them in the right order. This is called auditory processing.
A wide range of learning difficulties relate to poor auditory processing. These include:
- poor short term memory,
- poor concentration, and
- difficulty speaking, spelling, pronouncing words, or expressing or understanding concepts.
The ear is the end organ through which the auditory parts of the brain can be stimulated. Sound Therapy activates numerous language centres and builds more efficient connections between the right ear and the left brain hemisphere, which houses the auditory and language processing centres. The organised harmonic structure of classical music with its stimulating effect, further enhanced by the activation introduced by the filtering algorithms on Dr Tomatis' "Electronic Ear", has proved an effective way to increase the efficiency of the brain in processing and interpreting auditory information.
Listeners often notice an improved ability to express their thoughts and an increase in memory and concentration.
See also Sound Therapy and Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD).
- My grand daughter started on the system only 4 days ago and my wife my daughter and myself cannot believe the unbelievable improvement in that short amount of time. Her phonics were incoherant to the average person due to her inability to create the correct sounds. For "you" she would say "woo" and mostly I would have to ask her to repeat it or my daughter would tell me what she said. She would also say in sentence "me" instead of "I" so she would say me "Me love woo pop" and she would find it hard to string more than two to three words in a sentence. Today which is the 4th day on the system, 2 hours in the morning and three hours at night, she said to my wife as clear as a bell in the shoe shop today "I don't want those shoes I want the other ones". My wife Lyn was gobsmacked.
- Lisa says she just loves wearing the system and listening to it. She dances and acts like a conductor, watches tv and reads books with it on.
- I came home tonight and she was totally coherant and she sald "me" a couple of times. When Lisa corrected her she was saying "I" frequently and when she did we gave her a clap. On the way out she said "I love you pop".
- As a holistic neurofeedback and biofeedback practitioner I have never seen anyone learn so fast and it happened to be my Grand daughter. Unbelievable product Simone
- Will Bayley
28 November 2012
- My 10yr old daughter has been using her listening program for about 10 weeks now and her teacher has just told me she is now reading at 10/11 year old level......this is the first time she has ever read at her age level.....I am so proud of her
- -- 6 months later --
- Meant to let you know my daughter Kassidy was awarded the academic achievement award last year at school after using her listening program for 5 months the teachers were amazed at how far she had come and is now learning at her level for her age....best school report in 7 years I could not be any happier
- Tany McKrill
14 September 2012 & 27 March 2013
- Our son says a lot of people don't even know he has dyslexia anymore.
- Judy & Gerrit Westerhof
Learning difficulties and ear infections
Learning difficulties can often be the result of a history of childhood ear infections.
When the ears are infected, the middle ear is filled with fluid. This prevents the middle ear muscles from working properly, and as a result, they lose their muscle tone.
Interruption in the development of the listening function at an early age can result in emotional withdrawal or maladjustment and may produce severe learning or behavioural problems. Because listening is the foundation of so much of our learning, it is vitally important to support our children's development in this area before they reach school age.
In the same way that going to the gym to exercise tones your muscles, Sound Therapy tones the middle ear muscles and restores their proper function. The use of Dr Tomatis' Electonic Ear in producing the music on the Sound Therapy programs strengthens the ear muscles by presenting music and other sounds in such a way that forces the ear muscles to react.
The Electronic Ear does more than simply present a corrected sound scope to the ear - it presents fluctuating sounds, alternating through high and low channels so that the ear is constantly forced to adjust between high and low tones. This gymnasticises the middle ear muscles, giving the ear a complete work-out in the act of listening. The muscles thus regain their natural tone.
Learn more about how Sound Therapy rehabilitates the ear.
Listening is the most basic element of communication and is a pre-requisite for other skills such as speaking, reading, and writing.
Sound Therapy improves our auditory processing and therefore all our language abilities by making listening easy.
Listening means that we direct our ears to actively tune in to selected sounds. Dr Tomatis postulated that the middle ear muscles (the hammer and stirrup muscles) play a role in determining which sounds the ear will focus on. They change the tension on the ear drum and other membranes, allowing the ear to tune in exactly to a certain sound input.
The fluctuating high and low tones and boosted high frequencies which are added by the Sound Therapy filtering system stimulate the middle ear muscles in a unique way to restore tone to the musculature of the ear and pharynx (throat).
- More alert, able to converse better, sharper wits.
- Judith Gray
Accelerate your child's potential
Sound Therapy is recommended for all children - including highly gifted children - as it will assist the development of good learning and study abilities, just as exercise helps to develop balance, strength and muscular co-ordination.
The ear and the auditory cortex are vitally important centres for learning, communication and higher brain function. Sound Therapy is an easy way to input a very positive stimulus that will help to maximize your child's potential.
Today, children need extra support to develop their auditory function because they are affected by many detrimental environmental factors:
- The world is noisier than ever, so children's ears are bombarded with a lot of loud and damaging sounds before they have fully developed.
- Environmental toxins also lead to poor immunity, infections and sensitivities which impact on many children's development.
Sound Therapy is the perfect brain training program to complement good nutrition, good education and a loving environment. The complex rhythms and harmonies of classical music train the brain to think conceptually and improve intelligence. This effect is augmented by the special filtering used in the recordings.
Learn more about how Sound Therapy stimulates the brain.
- I listened to Sound Therapy while pregnant with both of my children, and have used it off and on with them ever since, to give them a helping hand with their development.
- My older daughter Ariana (currently 5) started speaking clear words at 7 months, and by 12 months was putting 2-3 words together to ask for what she wanted, in english or spanish. By the age of 2 everything was described by colour (such as the "green shops" - the closest shopping centre to our home has a green roof). Ariana is now in Pre Primary, and she is doing grade 2 level maths in Mathletics, completed learning her sight words a good month before the next student to finish, and is well ahead with her reading and writing. She loves writing, drawing and music.
- My younger daughter (age 4) started speaking at 13 months, launching straight into words to ask for what she wanted or to comment on what she observed (mama, agua if she was thirsty or she could see water outside or in a picture, the word in spanish for "doggy" when seeing a dog etc). She started writing her own name at the age of 3, and despite currently being one of the younger children in kindy, can count unprompted to 29 (and up to 100 if prompted with the 10s from 30), knows how to write the entire alphabet and writes a number of words from memory even though she hasn't learned them at kindy - she is very inquisitive and asks how to spell names she doesn't know yet.
- Both girls draw profusely, and a friend who is an occupational therapist has remarked at how advanced their drawings are for their ages. And neither girl has had any ear infections, when many of my friends' children have had at least one set of grommets.
- I am convinced that Sound Therapy has given both of my daughters an edge academically, including a great thirst to learn. I highly, highly recommend it to all parents.
- Simone Carot Collins
Perth, Western Australia
Adult learning made easier
Sound Therapy helps adults who are studying by:
- improving concentration and memory,
- reducing stress, and
- stimulating the brain to function as efficiently as possible.
Music can stimulate pathways in the brain, enabling information to pass more easily. Students have used Sound Therapy throughout their study and found it makes an enormous difference to their ability and their results.
Numerous adults suffer from learning difficulties which may or may not have been identified in their school years. Others may have developed problems later in life due to stress, poor diet, brain injury or environmental factors. In either case, Sound Therapy can help.
- I've always had bad concentration and memory. I also have what I call dyslexic hearing. People talk to me but I have no idea what they are saying most times. It makes no sense to me and I just shut off.
- The first time I listened to Sound Therapy was just a quick listen of a friend's. I didn't even really know what it was. I'd just had a huge fight with my boyfriend and was extremely upset. Within seconds of listening to the music, it calmed me down a lot.
- My concentration has improved enormously. I can read a book now without my mind wandering, and I only need to read it once because it makes sense the first time. My conversations have improved also because people's words make sense now and don't seem all jumbled.
- Madonna Schoonder
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Not only has Sound Therapy enhanced my learning capabilities, but it has greatly increased my confidence in speaking.
- Sound Therapy has helped me so much with my professional life that I've given it my own special name; I call it Confidence Therapy, because confidence was the area in which I was most lacking, and I now feel like a new man!
- Jeff Johnson
How to use Sound Therapy to improve learning
Which Sound Therapy International Program should I use?
Any level 1 Sound Therapy program is suitable for improving learning, however the Family Program offers the most variety for children, with progams for all ages (including parents!), a comprehensive workbook, and copies of both the "Why Aren't I Learning?" and "Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge Your Brain" books.
If the program is only going to be used by teenagers or adults, the Listening Foundation Program. would be the most appropriate choice.
Tips for using Sound Therapy to improve learning
Adults should aim to listen to Sound Therapy for at least 3 hours per day.
A child should listen to Sound Therapy every day for 30 to 60 minutes or more if desired. Listening can be done during sleep, play, homework or travel. If the child wishes to listen at school, parents can ask for the consent of the teacher. This will likely be granted as listening in the classroom will often help the child to concentrate and perform better.
The reading aloud exercise (below) has also been particularly helpful for children with reading difficulties.
Reading aloud exercise
Children who are experiencing difficulty with reading can begin this exercise after the first 10 to 20 hours of listening.
The child sits in an erect but comfortable posture and reads aloud while holding the right hand near the mouth, as though holding an imaginary microphone. This has the psychological effect of 'switching on' the voice. It also encourages right ear dominance, which is necessary for the successful conversion of visual symbols into sound.
This exercise should be done for 15 minutes each day, and can be continued until the reading problems are resolved. Encourage the child by making it into a fun game. Give your child positive attention while he or she is reading; this will create a positive association with reading aloud.
Want more information?
Want to learn more before trying Sound Therapy to boost your learning?
The book Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge Your Brain details the history of Sound Therapy and how sound can be used to enhance auditory pathways and improve brain function.
Updated in late 2009, it includes the most recent updates on related research including neuroplasticity.
Or for children, Why Aren't I Learning? offers drug-free solutions for children who aren't learning the way they should, plus great tips for helping all children learn more easily.
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