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Listening training works!  It took me from being an 18-year-old  school drop out who couldn’t read or write to being a 28 year old man fluent in 3 languages, who had already worked in 3 continents and who has devoted his life to bringing the same remarkable results to others. Over 38 years at The Listening Centre, my team and I have helped literally thousands of adults and children substantially improve the quality of their lives by giving them the listening skills and attention and concentration skills they need to bring their best to the world. These are the stories told by some of them and some research studies to substantiate the result we obtain.  Paul Madaule


Reading & Learning Auditory Processing, Attention Span & Focus Speech & Language Communication and Socialization Other Developmental Issues Ghosts of Childhood Performing Arts - Singers/Musicians Second Language Acquisition Skill Enhancement and Professional Development Well Being and Quality of Life Concussions & Traumatic Brain Injuries Research Studies

Reading & Learning


Michael's Story

The program woke him up. Michael is more willing to try and he tries harder. His ability to read has improved as has his coordination.  Because of his improved abilities and much higher confidence in himself we see a big difference in the quality of Michael’s life.


Nile's Story

At the end of Grade three we tried for three weeks, that’s the teacher, EA’s, tutors, myself, we tried every method possible to get Nile to write a short story and he never finished the first sentence…. Nile has attended The Listening Centre for treatment with dyslexia….

-Brenda Lee Tucker

H.J.'s Story

Our son expressed himself eloquently in words but not in writing. He is dysgraphic. The frustration he experienced in dealing with the school system was extreme….


Alex's Story

I attended the Listening Center approximately 17 years ago … I was struggling to finish elementary school. The experience at the Listening Center was very positive, but what has been a greater impact is the long term success it has brought me in my life…

-Alex Bailey

Dyslexia, Opening the Door

Someone would have to tell me at least three times before I “got it.” But even then, I would forget. It was like statements would not stick, like I had difficulty learning or comprehending. At school it took me a long time to formulate my thoughts into a composition assignment. Sometimes my thoughts were fuzzy, unclear, almost like they weren’t there. It was difficult to concentrate…

...I began enjoying reading, and listening for words from others. For the first time, I enjoyed listening to myself speak.  I was beginning to feel that I was growing up, no longer the needy lost ‘child’ at forty; but rather, an emerging adult who had confidence, competence, and desire to lead his own life.

-Steven Woodruff

Auditory Processing, Attention Span & Focus

Michael's Story

The program woke him up. Michael is more willing to try and he tries harder. His ability to read has improved as has his coordination.  Because of his improved abilities and much higher confidence in himself we see a big difference in the quality of Michael’s life.


Our Son Heals

Our son originally displayed characteristics consistent with ADHD. Besides being hyperactive and inattentive he began having more and more negative experiences, mostly at school (…) at home as well. There were daily temper tantrums, aggressiveness (…), basically low frustration tolerance and quick-to-anger behaviour. Needless to say, this situation brought a lot of stress to our family. We did not know where to turn.

We created a support team of complimentary and holistic health professionals…We worked diligently with our support group. All of the professionals we are dealing with have acknowledged that The Listening Centre was a huge component in the healing process.


Tyler's Story

Our experience with discovering the Toronto Listening Centre is filled with turning points for our seven year old son….at five and one half years old, “Tyler’s” behaviour varied widely which kept us all somewhat confused. He became more challenging as sensory input increased….yet his language delay seemed to be a singular issue for an otherwise healthy, normal active boy who overtired easily or overwhelmed easily….Listening Training program enabled our son to move forward developmentally in a remarkable way….”Tyler’s” difficulty with language were specifically related to an Auditory Processing difficulty.


A Personal Story: Listening to Heal

I have Auditory Processing Disorder…although my hearing is perfect, I have intermittent problems with perceiving and decoding when people are saying. I have left many classrooms without the memory of the whole lecture. Every time I was clled out for not understanding instructions, every time my boss rolled his eyes and said the same thing again, only louder…I made it mean that I was stupid and one day the world will figure out and when they did, I would lose my job in the media and end up cleaning toilets…

Since the listening program I have more sustained attention…increased comprehension when reading aloud…my writing skills are even better…

-Julie Daniluk

Allan's Story

Allan was 12 years old when he first came to The Listening Centre. He was enrolled in a school for students with learning disabilities. Allan had a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder or ADHD
 (a “hypo” form of ADHD) as well as a processing disability. His self-esteem was extremely low and he was below grade level in most subjects. At that time his mother wrote that “Allan’s academic, personal, and social abilities seem to diminish as the year progresses as if he has given up on himself”. He did two intensive sessions of listening training in the summer and has continued his voice exercises with the Listening Trainer since then...

-Cheryl O'Connor

Speech & Language

Kian's Story

After the last block we noticed improvements in his speech fluency and clarity. He's now able to speak in simple sentences and strangers are able to understand him; we can have more back and forth exchanges in conversations and he is becoming more inquisitive about things and asking questions such as "Why?" and "What is that?" and "What does that mean?" ....

-Sabine Kussmann


Sheldon's Story

Imagine a dictation in English which would invite the best students from the Commonwealth countries to a hugely popular TV Program. Such an event exists in the francophone countries. It is called “Dictèe PGL” and Sheldon Fernandes has been selected to be a part of it! Bravo Sheldon!

-Lumen and Tom Fernandes

Kyle's Story

I also have a child who was diagnosed at two-and a-half years old with the severe speech disorder Developmental Apraxia. With apraxia, the child has all the parts for speech and language but they are just not connected …. Our son could only pronounce vowel and two consonants when he entered the program at three-years-old … After the first intensive phase he was able to imitate several sounds … It was not long and the words started – first single syllable then multi-syllable … Three months after the second intensive phase and a one week reinforcer ‘boost’, Kyle was talking in 2-3 word sentences.

- Shelley Daniels


Adam's Story

He was three years old when we travelled to The Listening Centre. He was diagnosed with PDD, had a history of ear infections, upper resiratory infections, allergies and other health problems. He had very few words, no functional speech, and mostly babbled. He could not filter noises and would completely shut down if there were too many sounds around him…

-Kara A. Armijo

Kira's Story

Kira could be responsive, expressive, thoughtful, articulate, creative, empathetic, engaged… but only when the moment was right. Too much stimulation – and the evaluating environments were always very cluttered and stimulating – and she couldn’t stay organized long enough to show what she could do. I knew she had tons of potential, but had no idea of how to unlock it…She had just turned 4 when we contacted the Listening Centre.


Matthew's Story

...Matthew was 9 years old when he came to The Listening Centre. Matthew has Down Syndrome and had a history of ear infections. He was easily tired, had unclear speech, and he always needed instructions repeated.... 

-the Hunter family

Communication and Socialization

Kian's Story

After the last block we noticed improvements in his speech fluency and clarity. He's now able to speak in simple sentences and strangers are able to understand him; we can have more back and forth exchanges in conversations and he is becoming more inquisitive about things and asking questions such as "Why?" and "What is that?" and "What does that mean?" ....

-Sabine Kussmann


Sukie and Sarah's Story (mother and daughter story)

I noticed certain behaviours in my daughter that led me to believe that she had sensory integration challenges. Sukie could go from high levels of control to none what-so- ever.  Recognizing this behaviour wasn’t so difficult as I, myself, had similar behaviour patterns. By the end of our treatment program… [m]y relationship with my daughter has improved as did her ability to regulate herself…

-Sarah Walton

Julian's Story

My autistic son is twenty-one. When he was diagnosed at age four, seventeen years ago, there was little in the way of ‘therapies’ or services for autistic children. He was placed in a class for the ‘trainable retarded’, and went to summer day camps run by Community Living, and that was about it! It was not until he was fourteen that I learned about The Listening Centre in Toronto...

-Thelma Orchard


Peter's Story

Peter was a very big baby, and because of that we were not worried by his being at the slow end of normal in his physical development. We were concerned enough to have him tested at the age of two because of his delay in language development. At seven months he could use words, and pronounce them perfectly, but he’d use them only once and never return to them. Throughout his second year, he learned all the words from songs. That was the only language he used. The testing showed that he had developmental problems with “autistic-like features…


Tony's Story

Our son’s name is Tony. He is nine years old. His story will no doubt ring familiar with many….As a four month old, he suffered what was to be first of many ear infections….After many more assessments with various professionals, we were still no closer to finding help for our son. It seemed noone felt that there was anything that could be done for him. We were told he was autistic, ADHD, PDD, brain damaged, mentally retarded, but the one that hurt the most, “he should be institutionalized.”


Tyler's Story

Our experience with discovering the Toronto Listening Centre is filled with turning points for our seven year old son….at five and one half years old, “Tyler’s” behaviour varied widely which kept us all somewhat confused. He became more challenging as sensory input increased….yet his language delay seemed to be a singular issue for an otherwise healthy, normal active boy who overtired easily or overwhelmed easily….Listening Training program enabled our son to move forward developmentally in a remarkable way….”Tyler’s” difficulty with language were specifically related to an Auditory Processing difficulty.


Adam's Story

He was three years old when we travelled to The Listening Centre. He was diagnosed with PDD, had a history of ear infections, upper resiratory infections, allergies and other health problems. He had very few words, no functional speech, and mostly babbled. He could not filter noises and would completely shut down if there were too many sounds around him…

-Kara A. Armijo

John's Story

Some families keep in touch with us long after their children’s program at the Centre. This gives us long-term view of the child. Following letter is an encouraging example. John came to the Listening Centre when he was 5 years old. 

-Joan V. - John's mother

Kira's Story

Kira could be responsive, expressive, thoughtful, articulate, creative, empathetic, engaged… but only when the moment was right. Too much stimulation – and the evaluating environments were always very cluttered and stimulating – and she couldn’t stay organized long enough to show what she could do. I knew she had tons of potential, but had no idea of how to unlock it…She had just turned 4 when we contacted the Listening Centre.


Jeff's Story

....Jeff is a tall, handsome 9 year old boy with straight brown hair and a confident manner. Until he speaks, you would not expect anything out of the ordinary...Jeff, as far as I can remember, has always been quite different. As a baby, he seemed to be able to amuse himself for hours on end...Play and language didn’t develop...talking playing, interacting, or interest in other children were not developed at all......... 


Jennifer's Story

…As you are aware Jennifer has suffered from severe compulsive and obsessive behaviours…I am extremely delighted and happy to report to you, that Jennifer has had great success…

-Mrs. Porto

Other Developmental Issues

Meg's Story

...We cannot believe how well Meg is doing!!!! We truly believe that her sensory system was more stabilized since she did the Listening Training program…Thank you!

-Jen Baxter

Matthew's Story

...Matthew was 9 years old when he came to The Listening Centre. Matthew has Down Syndrome and had a history of ear infections. He was easily tired, had unclear speech, and he always needed instructions repeated.... 

-the Hunter family

Ghosts of Childhood

Dyslexia, Opening the Door

Someone would have to tell me at least three times before I “got it.” But even then, I would forget. It was like statements would not stick, like I had difficulty learning or comprehending. At school it took me a long time to formulate my thoughts into a composition assignment. Sometimes my thoughts were fuzzy, unclear, almost like they weren’t there. It was difficult to concentrate…

...I began enjoying reading, and listening for words from others. For the first time, I enjoyed listening to myself speak.  I was beginning to feel that I was growing up, no longer the needy lost ‘child’ at forty; but rather, an emerging adult who had confidence, competence, and desire to lead his own life.

-Steven Woodruff

A Personal Story: Listening to Heal

I have Auditory Processing Disorder…although my hearing is perfect, I have intermittent problems with perceiving and decoding when people are saying. I have left many classrooms without the memory of the whole lecture. Every time I was clled out for not understanding instructions, every time my boss rolled his eyes and said the same thing again, only louder…I made it mean that I was stupid and one day the world will figure out and when they did, I would lose my job in the media and end up cleaning toilets…

Since the listening program I have more sustained attention…increased comprehension when reading aloud…my writing skills are even better…

-Julie Daniluk

Performing Arts - Singers/Musicians

Sonya's Story

After completing her listening program...I have such a profoundly improved kinesthetic awareness of my body, which is a key factor in producing a pure, free and natural sound. I have always had a natural instrument; however, there was something disconnected keeping me from finding my True Voice.


My Singing Voice

My name is Laurie Shelton and I’d be happy to share with you a bit of my vocal history, my summer at the Listening Centre, and the immense changes and discoveries I continue to enjoy. I have always wanted to sing, to be a singer. I am not dyslexic, although in the area of singing I certainly felt vocally dyslexic….

-Laurie Sue Shelton

Jesse's Story

I had been recommended The Listening Centre, while attending Theatre School at Humber College, by a good friend and teacher of mine… I was having problems tuning my ear to my voice… Now I feel more confident and I listen to my voice. It feels like a brand new voice, and I can easily use it to my advantage.

-Jesse Hughes

My Listening Centre Experience

My journey to the Listening Centre has been a long one. A professional singer, I did not come upon the work of Alfred Tomatis until I was 41 years old… The Listening Training reorganized my physical movements… I began to perceive what it was that I was missing… My singing voice is now closely allied with my speaking voice, necessarily a more resonant/deep sound …The Listening Training has been the “key” which has enabled me to grow both professionally and personally.

-Daniel Shigo

Second Language Acquisition

Phyllis' Story

I am 70 years old, a native English speaker and have been studying Italian for 8 years. After 8 years of study with several teachers, I was able to read and write Italian fairly well but hearing accurately and responding verbally to others speaking to me seemed an impossible task for me...

-Phyllis Shepard-Spiro

ESL Teacher and Student Testimonials

“Besides development of self-confidence and self-expression in foreign language (first step) the program helped me to get the sense of well-being, including ability to handle stressful situations, prioritize different life aspects, take my time to think of a situation before being involved in it…

Now I am able to hear myself speaking..gives me a chance to notice incorrect sounds.”


Skill Enhancement and Professional Development


Well Being and Quality of Life

Janet's Story

By far what stands out most is physical changes.  I've probably not outlined ALL of the chronological regression that's taken place since my car accident in '78 and subsequent surgery in the mid-80's, but I'll try to give a brief overview, so that you may better appreciate the significance of these physical changes that I'm now experiencing.

-Janet

Robin's Story

1984 was a pivotal year for me.

I was a 34 year old dyslexic, working in the Hospitality business. Then I went to the Listening Centre and my life changed. It was magic for me, and I was enabled to have dreams. Painting then became a reality and I’ve been an Artist ever since.

 Robin’s paintings can be seen in the pages of the Listening Centre website and bring joy and colour to the rooms of The Listening Centre.

 Robin has a home studio in St. Thomas, Ontario. You can also follow him through his blog at http://robingrindley.blogspot 

-Robin Grindley

Who Will Listen?

…When I walk into the pleasant, colourful ambiance of The Listening Centre these days I feel at home. My body begins to relax and I notice other people’s positive regard of me. It wasn’t always this way. In March, 1996, when I first walked through these doors I was isolated and desperate, not sure that anyone or anything would be able to help me…

My Eustachian tubes were swollen and plugged making the world far away place. I was used to not hearing through my left ear – a birth defect had prevented normal development – but I couldn’t hear from my right ear either. It felt like a giant bubble of cotton batting….

-Kristy MaGraw

A Teacher Learns

If I had to say what I gained from the listening training, it would be that I feel an increased sense of freedom, balance, aliveness, energy and trust in my life. Life is less frightening. My eyes and ears have opened to the beauty and support that has always been there. I can better acknowledge it and take it in. My life feels more peaceful and I feel a part of the great mystery that is unfolding. The program helped me to see myself as an intelligent and capable person. I am more willing to take risks that in the past would have been devastating and debilitating to me.

-Mary-Ann Moser

Concussions & Traumatic Brain Injuries

Janet's Story

By far what stands out most is physical changes.  I've probably not outlined ALL of the chronological regression that's taken place since my car accident in '78 and subsequent surgery in the mid-80's, but I'll try to give a brief overview, so that you may better appreciate the significance of these physical changes that I'm now experiencing.

-Janet

Jane's Story

“this was a leap, shattering what seemed like a concrete wall. I am mainly back from the exile of a separate room at family events. My young nieces and nephews and I are becoming reacquainted. I can participate in more things directly rather than vicariously”. 

Excerpt from the Newsletter of the Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley (BIAOV), March 2016, pp 8-9.

-Jane Clark

Research Studies

Early Effects of the Tomatis Listening Method in Children with ADD By: Liliana Sacarin, PsyD, CC, LMHCA

By: Liliana Sacarin, PsyD, CC, LMHCA  

This is a summary of the research study investigating early effects of the Tomatis Method in children diagnosed with ADD. Improvements in processing speed, phonological awareness, reading efficiency, attention, behavior and brain physiology were hypothesized by the end of Phase 1 of the Tomatis Method intervention. The doctoral dissertation study documents the effects of Phase I of the Tomatis Listening Method of sound stimulation on children with ADD ages 7-13. Of the 25 participants, recruited from schools in the Greater Seattle area, 15 (8 boys and 7 girls) received the Tomatis treatment solely while 10 (9 boys and 1 girl) served as controls (non-Tomatis group) and were stabilized on ADD medication three months prior to and throughout the study. Therefore, the research compared Tomatis intervention versus the non-Tomatis (control) in children with ADD. Although the children in the control group were medicated for ADD, this research did not compare ADD medication treatment with Tomatis intervention. The Tomatis sound stimulation group received 15 consecutive Tomatis sound stimulation sessions of 2 hours each; participants received no additional vestibular or visual-motor exercises, such as swinging or balancing on a balance board, during the listening sessions or other therapies throughout the research. The measures used to capture changes have been standardized for this age range. Results revealed statistically significant improvements for the Tomatis when compared to the control group: children in the experimental group showed statistically significant improvement in processing speed, phonological awareness, phonemic decoding efficiency when reading, behavior, and auditory attention. Information detailing the Tomatis Method, testing instruments and study results is included below.


The Effects of Auditory Stimulation on Auditory Processing Disorder: A Summary of the Findings

By Deborah Ross-Swain. - The International Journal of Listening Vol 21, No. 2, 2007  

Abstract:

The study's purpose is to determine the efficacy of the Tomatis Method of auditory stimulation as a therapeutic intervention for Auditory Processing Disorders (APD). Forty-one subjects (18 females, 23 males; 4.3–19.8 years old) were evaluated for APD. Performance on standardized tests indicated weaknesses with auditory processing skills. Each subject participated in a 90-hour Tomatis Method protocol and, once completed, each subject was re-evaluated to measure improvement. All subjects demonstrated improvement with skills of immediate auditory memory, auditory sequencing, interpretation of directions, auditory discrimination, and auditory cohesion. Pre- and post-treatment comparison indicated statistically significant differences in the aforementioned skills. These findings suggest that the Tomatis Method of auditory stimulation can be effective as an intervention strategy for APD.

To access the full journal visit: Taylor & Francis website: http://www.tandfonline.com


The Tomatis Method with severely autistics boys: Individual case studies of behavioral changes

By Joan M. Neysmith-Roy  Department of Psychology, University of Regina

Abstract

Six severely autistic males ranging in age from 4 years to 11 years received the Tomatis Method to assist in alleviating the severity of behaviours contributing to the diagnosis of autism. Ten minute video samples were taken of each boy, under two conditions of play, every time he completed one section of the treatment programme. As measured by the Children's Autism Rating Scale (CARS) all of the boys were severely autistic at the beginning of treatment. Three (50%) of the boys demonstrated positive behavioural changes by the end of the treatment. One boy was no longer considered to be autistic, two boys showed mild symptoms of autism and three boys remained within the severely autistic range. Of particular interest were the changes that occurred in pre-linguistic areas for five of the six boys. These included Adaptation to Change, Listening Response, Non Verbal Communication, Emotional Response and Activity Level. These behaviours are considered prerequisites for successful verbal communication. The children who demonstrated behavioural change were 6 years of age or younger at the beginning of treatment. The author suggests that the Tomatis Method may be helpful in making prelinguistic behaviours manageable and thus help prepare the child to learn basic skills necessary for the development of language and learning.

To access the full article visit:  Sage Journals: South African Journal of Psychology S.Afr.J.Psyschol 2001, 31 (1)  http://journals.sagepub.com



The Efficacy of the Tomatis Method for Children with Learning and Communication Disorders: A Meta-Analysis

By Tim Gilmor - International Journal of Listening, Vol.13, 1999 12.23

Abstract:

The Tomatis Method is a program of auditory stimulation and counseling primarily used to assist children, adolescents, and adults with learning and communication disorders. This treatment method was evaluated in several research investigations in the 1980s involving 231 children. The present study is a meta-analysis of data from five research studies evaluating the efficacy of this method in assisting children with learning and communication disorders. Positive effect sizes were found for each of the five behavioral domains analyzed: linguistic (d=0.41); pyschomotor (d=0.32); personal and social adjustment (d=0.31); cognitive (d=0.30); and auditory (d=0.04). These results, although positive, are limited by several factors including small sample sizes and limited use of random assignment. Still, the results suggest that effect sizes favoring children who had participated in the program were consistent with clinicians' reports of beneficial effects.

To access the full journal visit: Taylor & Francis website: http://www.tandfonline.com


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