Imagine a classroom setting with a persistent, clamorous atmosphere. For a typically-developing learner, this scenario can be an active and dynamic session. However, pupils and students with learning difficulties are constantly torn between a stressful environment and academic performance. How does this happen?
The brain of a child with a learning difficulty exerts tons of effort to process information from their sensory experiences. This is because sensory information is involuntarily received especially in a typical classroom environment, which often has a lot of background noise. The learning difficulty itself is already an obstacle to face but if coupled with the almost-unwanted information (parasite noises and visual stimuli), you can already imagine the physical, mental, and emotional strain they go through every single day in class. This overwhelming stream of information makes learners with difficulties very frustrated instead of performing well in class.
Neurosensory-Integrative, Educational Program: The Tomatis® Method
The Tomatis® Method is an educational program involving learners listening to filtered music emphasizing both high- and low-frequency sounds. It makes use of advanced headphones specifically designed to transmit sound via air and bone conduction.
In air conduction, sound travels through the outer ear while in bone conduction, sound travels through the skull which is ten times faster. In general, it aims to achieve dramatic functional outcomes in all areas of the brain responsible for sensory processing. How?
The Tomatis® Method actively works on the vestibular system, the inner part of the ear that is responsible for balance, all body movements as well as muscle tone. In fact, it is very complex and important as it is connected to all areas of the brain and body.
In terms of learning, the vestibule is connected to the muscles of the eyes enabling them to move for reading. It also plays a huge role in our sense of localisation (place), accelerations/decelerations of the body and spatial navigation (space and direction) much needed for writing and speaking. Ultimately, it is the key structure for the cerebellum to relay the processed information (i.e. body rhythm) to the whole body.
By working through the ear, the Tomatis® Method works to harmonise the functioning of each vestibule generating better body control and increasing the coherence of one’s perceptions resulting to the improvement of rhythm, sequencing and all other learning skills.
So, a child who back then refuses to read because it is too difficult will start to read chapter books after benefiting from the Tomatis® ear-brain training. In this manner, once the brain adapts and learns to understand signs and sounds, the positive results would show on the child’s overall academic performance.
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