- Alfred Tomatis
Listening Training is an effective, subtle and non-invasive method to help improve the lives of those children confronted with labels such as ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and the many others in the dys- category. These labels may easily lead to an over-simplification of a particular case, and even to a form of insensitivity towards the unique child behind that label.
The source of many school failures lies in a lack of communication. A child who does not concentrate, who is intelligent and yet slow to learn math, who makes ‘stupid’mistakes in spelling, who does not really know how to create order in the chaos on his desk, may in fact just have to ‘tune up’ his ears.
Understanding a learning deficit
From shortly after conception and throughout a lifetime, the nervous system will pattern itself in direct response to our life experiences. There is a direct connection between the way we perceive the world and the way we listen. In order to listen (rather than merely hear), we need an inner willingness to concentrate, to focus. Sometimes that focus is no longer there, due to physical (repeated ear infections, forexample) or psychological factors.
As we move we learn
The richer our sensory environment, and the greater our freedom to explore, the more intricate our neural pathways. Bad posture, clumsiness, and a lack of coordination may also be signs of a listening deficiency, caused by an under-stimulated vestibular system.
Sometimes that focus is no longer there, due to physical (repeated ear infections, for example) or psychological factors.
The richer our sensory environment, and the greater our freedom to explore the world, the more intricate our neural pathways. In a way you could say that as we move, we learn. Bad posture, clumsiness, and a lack of coordination may also be signs of a listening deficiency, caused by an under-stimulated vestibular system.
Some children mishear frequencies in a drastic manner. This means they hear sounds that are going up a scale as if they are going down. Or they hear sounds coming from the left, whereas in fact they are coming from the right, and vice versa. This will lead to all sorts of distortions in perception, expression, and behaviour.
And as a consequence there will be confusion, disappointment and anger. Or as Tomatis put it “ While they need even more love and approval than there siblings, they invite less.”
For more on this, see the checklists in the Are you Listening? page.