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Children with Global Developmental Delay(GDD) have difficulty overall communication and socialization. A study showed that children with GDD have a diffused distribution of “mirror neurons” in the brain. They are the ones mainly responsible in activating the brain areas involved in movement, language, and overall comprehension within social interactions. So, these neurons enable children to appropriately behave and/or respond to daily stimuli, which then plays an essential role in our life.

In the initial stage (passive phase), the Tomatis® Method works primarily with the ear, sending music in special contrasts or commonly called as “filters”. This trains the brain to acknowledge the random variation and gain effects from the changes. In the active phase, the subject now provides a tone that is automatically attuned by the device providing what the brain should perceive.

Repetitively, one learns to naturally adjusts to the demands of social interaction. Also, it has a positive effect on the inner ear’s vestibule system, the organ responsible for motor skills, laterality, and muscle tone regulation. The Tomatis® Method is a professional assistance tool that helps with developmental delays in terms of cognitive development, language and communication, and behaviour.

Being able to provide interventions during the early childhood years is critical. This is because these are the years where the brain is significantly growing and comprehensively developing. In this way, we will be able to make huge impacts for the benefit of your child’s future. Record your observations in our Listening Checklist and write us your concerns!

What is Global Developmental Delay (GDD)?

Do you still remember that time your child spoke his/her first words? How about the first time he/she was able to stand up and walk on his own? These “firsts” along with the other functional skills exhibited early in their lives are called developmental milestones.

These milestones are the significant indicators that your child is improving physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. Subtle factors such as genes, diet, and environmental conditions can influence the progress of your young one’s growth.

Generally, a 4-month old should be able to grasp objects when placed into his/her hands. By 8 months, he/she should be able to make crawling movements when lying on stomach. On his first birthday, he/she should be able to raise him/herself to a sitting position. These and all other signs help in understanding the progress of a child’s development.

However, if two or more major areas of development do not seem to improve at an age range, your child may have Global Developmental Delay (GDD), also known as Developmental Delay. A young child may have delays in such domains as:

  • Cognitive skills: the ability to think, learn, and deal with problems
  • Speech and language skills: the ability to use, communicate, and understand language
  • Fine and gross motor skills: the ability to use small and large muscles in the body
  • Social and emotional skills: the ability to express, connect, and relate to other people
  • Daily living activities: the ability to handle daily tasks in general (i.e. dressing, eating, and bathing

Ready to get started?

The Tomatis® Method is definitely the best gift to you or your child! Contact Françoise Nicoloff or any of the Tomatis® professionals in Australia to get started today!

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