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Lobethal Lutheran School study 2018

In 2017 and 2018 Lobethal Lutheran School worked with Dr Palmer in a Tomatis trial aimed at helping students perform better in the classroom, especially those with language and literacy difficulties.

The trial tested comprehension (measuring language and literacy difficulties, phonological awareness issues, language understanding) and spelling. In the trial children listen to classical music through wireless headphones promoting a contrast between bone or air conduction to pick up the sound and stimulating the ear muscles.

The trial used recognised PAT testing (progressive achievement testing) as used in all South Australian DECD schools. The average gain from students going through the trial was 8%.

The results are compelling with students listening and concentrating better in the classroom. Their comprehension and spelling have benefited from the trial as has their phonological awareness, which is a skill that allows kids to recognise and work with the sounds of spoken language, a key to learning to read.

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Latest News – Address to Tomatis International Congress

Dr Donna Palmer addressed the 2018 Tomatis® International Convention, the largest Tomatis® professional event organised in the world. The convention was held in Warsaw, Poland and brought together nearly 300 professionals from all over the world to deepen their knowledge and share their experience of the Tomatis® Method. Dr Palmer spoke about the Lobethal Lutheran School trial.

Also introduced at the world convention in Poland was a new program allowing clients to listen for shorter lengths of time while still achieving the same benefits. The old protocol was one hour morning and night for 14 days. The new protocol is between 20 and 40 minutes twice a day for up to 14 days.

Asperger Disorder and the Tomatis Method

In 2005 Lindi Nel published a mini dissertation at Northwest University on a study to determine the effect of participation in a Tomatis Program on the psychological well-being and communication ability of a 14 year old boy with Asperger Disorder. Results indicated improvement in Interpersonal communication and all six domains of psychological well-being as defined by RyfT (1995). Read here

Asperger Disorder and the Tomatis Method – A case study

Attention and Tomatis Method

A project in Poland between 2010 and 2013 project looked at whether including auditory stimulation into school curriculum would have beneficial effect on children’s further school achievements. The results suggest strong positive effect of the auditory stimulation with the use of the Tomatis® Method on the increase of the competence level in children in the first school grades. Read here

Tomatis Audio Training on Memory Disorder of Patients with Stroke

A research project in China found that after two sessions of Tomatis® audio training, the scores of the experimental group obtained by RBMT-Ⅱ increased significantly, as compared with that of the control group(P<0.05), in the aspects of recalling names and appointments, recognising pictures and faces, spatial awareness, and immediate and delayed recall of stories, routes and mails. Read here

Comparison of Effects of Auditory and Music Training of Blind or Visually Impaired Young People

The study found auditory training was beneficial for blind or visually impaired teenagers,
especially in respect of lateralisation tasks. For small children the auditory training was not as effective as for adolescents. However, it has been shown that the music training was generally beneficial for them. Read here

Early Effects of Tomatis Listening Method in Children with Attention Deficit

In 2013 Liliana Sacarin published a clinical dissertation at Antioch University Seattle investigating the early effects of the Tomatis Method, hypothesising improvement in processing speed, phonological awareness, reading efficiency, attention,behavior and brain physiology by the end of Phase 1 of the Tomatis Method. Read here

Early exposure to maternal voice: Effects on preterm infants development

A study published in 2014 in the Journal Early Human Development  provides evidence that hospitalized preterm infants benefit from the early exposure to maternal voice with regard to the autonomic maturation and the neuro-functional outcome. Further additional larger studies are desirable in order to confirm the findings. Read the article here

Exceptionality Solutions through Sound Therapy

Rafaele Joudry asks why aren’t children learning in his examination of how Sound Therapy can enhance our approach to remedial learning. The paper was presented as part of his Master’s Degree of Master of Science in Psychology at the Atlantic International University. Read here

Burnout and Stress Rehabilitation – Results and Statistical Analysis

Maria Lundqvist, President, Tomatis Nordiska AB reviewed 100 adult clients, mainly professionals with stable family situation and diagnosed with burnout, stress, insomnia, post traumatic stress, depression; also stroke, whiplash or brain trauma. She found Tomatis training to be an effective approach to their problems. Her presentation is here

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