How We Can Help Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Children or adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) exhibit difficulties in several functions involving social interaction, communication, and behaviour. Nevertheless, the services centred on the Tomatis® neurosensory program can help people with autism and other related difficulties by awakening and establishing the desire to communicate and learn through auditory and listening training.
The Tomatis® Method works by retraining the ear and re-patterning the nervous system through stimulating the brain. It involves the person listening to music (usually by Mozart and Gregorian chants, waltzes, marches) with sound contrasts or filters delivering high and low frequencies to trigger the brain’s attention.
Sound travels to the inner ear through air and bone conduction. In air conduction, sound travels through the outer ear to the middle ear, where it is changed to bone conduction and is sent to the inner ear. In bone conduction, sound travels through the skull directly to the inner ear, bypassing the middle ear.
With the filters, the goal is to enable the ear-brain-body connections to constantly adapt to its acoustic environment by automatically detecting changes in the information they receive. In due course, the neurosensory stimulation provided by the Tomatis® Method triggers attention mechanisms and improves perception in return therefore assists in developing speech, communication, self-regulation and decreasing sensory overwhelm.