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  • ADHD 

These issues often express themselves as problems with social behavior, language or academic performance due to lack of focus, short attention span, or development delays that affect communication and learning skills. Our approach is based on the understanding that the root cause of these issues is poor listening.

 At The Listening Centre, we use modified sound (music and voice) as neurostimulation to train listening. This stimulation has the impact of “starting the ball rolling” in the brain - allowing development that was delayed or impaired to begin to take shape. Improved listening often has a highly positive impact on achievement and quality of life.

The Listening Training program is non-invasive, drug free and does not involve tutoring nor teaching, making it fun for the child and relaxing for the adult.  The Listening Centre is entering its 40th year offering clinical services in Toronto. 

Video: The Child That You Do Have

Watch the Child You Do Have Video.  A full-length documentary of Autism featuring the work of Paul Madaule at The Listening Centre in Toronto.

Produced by Helga-Liz Haberfellner, this documentary was first broadcasted on the Discovery Channel in 1994. 

The Brain's Way of Healing (2016)

The CBC Television Program The Nature of Things presented a documentary film on Norman Doidge’s book, The Brain’s Way of Healing with a segment on our work at The Listening Centre which is only available to watch within Canada at:

View this documentary on the CBC website

Client Testimonials

When I think of all those years of trouble that this so brief a delay in my brain processing of sound has caused me, I can only hope more people find out about Paul Madaule’s centre in Toronto.

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Meet our Founder and Director, Paul Madaule

Born in France, Paul Madaule studied at the University of Paris-Sorbonne while training with Dr. Alfred Tomatis and graduated in psychology in 1972. After years practicing and teaching the Tomatis Listening Training work in Europe and South Africa, Paul came to Toronto, Canada in 1978 to found The Listening Centre.

Paul was involved in establishing centres in the US and Mexico and he created Listening Fitness with the LiFT®, a portable audio-device and professional training course that provides the listening work to wider audiences.

Paul has written numerous articles on subjects related to the educational and therapeutic value of music, voice and Listening Training with children with developmental and learning problems. He also co-authored About the Tomatis Method. Paul’s book When Listening Comes Alive, first published in 1993, has been translated in ten languages.

The application of the Listening Training program on children with autism is featured in the documentary film The Child That You Do Have (1994). More recently,Norman Doidge MD, has written an engaging portrayal of Paul and a detailed explanation of his work at The Listening Centre in his book The Brain’s way of Healing (2015).

Learn more about Paul Madaule's story