I was one of the Tomatis consultants who contributed a story in the book The Listening Journey for Children: Boosting Learning, Communication and Confidence Through Sound. The anthology was published last year (2011) by the International Association of Registered Certified Tomatis Consultants, or IARCTC, of which I have been a member for the past five years. It is an interesting read for parents who want to know more about how the Tomatis Method can help their children.
My story is about two young girls who were brought to our center by their mother:
“Erica, the elder sister, seemed melancholic and uneasy. She was quiet and unsmiling during the meeting, keeping a tight hold on her book, and avoided looking anybody in the eye. By contrast, the younger sister, Luisa, was a burst of energy. She was constantly asking questions and touching the toys scattered around the room, and became uncooperative when asked to sit down. The sisters were as different as night and day…”
I go on to describe their diagnosis–determined through an interview with the mother and child, as well as their Listening Tests; and the intervention I recommended. Each child did the minimum 60 hours of the Tomatis program, and then two additional boosters of 16 hours each. The chapter concludes with an explanation of how Erica and Luisa had benefited from the listening therapy.
Aside from my own humble contribution, one can also read 11 other stories of how the Tomatis Method has helped children from all over the world–the U.S.A., Australia, Panama, Austria, Colombia, Mexico, and France. It is a truly fascinating journey.
Do you have your own story to share?