Learning Difficulties

Learning difficulties and auditory processing problems

Learning difficulties is a general term meaning that a child (or adult) has difficulty learning in a typical manner because the brain has trouble processing information. A learning difficulty is not an indication of intelligence level, but it means the child will have trouble learning in the same way others do and may have trouble performing certain types of tasks.

Global learning difficulties

If a child has “global learning problems” then s/he will find all aspects of learning and understanding difficult regardless of what method of teaching is used.  These children used to be called “slow learners”. Such a child will typically get a low score on IQ tests or other types of learning assessments.

Specific learning difficulties

Others may have “specific learning difficulties” meaning that only certain aspects of processing are problematic. These pupils are often quite bright, but are sometimes misunderstood and mistaken for being lazy or careless, when in fact they are compensating for some type of sensory processing problem. They may need a different type of instruction that suits their processing style. Specific therapeutic intervention may alleviate the difficulty considerably and enable these pupils to excel.

Can it be fixed?

While a learning difficulty cannot normally be fixed completely, the right stimulation and inputs to the nervous system can significantly improve a child’s processing ability, and this can go a long way towards reducing the effects of the learning difficulty.

Remedial instruction, tutoring, speech therapy etc can be very helpful. However this type of individual remedial help will have a greater chance of working if the processing problem is addressed first. Sound Therapy is an easy, affordable and effective way to improve sensory processing to address the cause of the problem.


Some of the terms for different types of learning difficulties include dyslexia, dyspraxia, apraxia, sensory integration disorder, auditory processing disorder or central auditory processing disorder.

Auditory processing

Common to most learning difficulties is auditory processing disorder. Even if the primary functional problem is a visual or motor problem, this processing is highly interactive and involved with the auditory system. This is because the brain is a highly integrated structure where each sensory system interacts with others to help us make sense of our world.

The auditory sense is, in many ways, the sense with the most profound impact on our learning ability. Language is how we communicate about all topics, and hearing is more highly integrated into our nervous system than any other sense.

For this reason, any child with a learning difficulty is likely to benefit from Sound Therapy. Sound Therapy definitely assists auditory processing, but it has also been found to improve other types of sensory processing (visual, motor skills, balance) as well as integration between the senses.

To learn more about how Sound Therapy could help learning difficulties request one of our Free Reports.

Or order Rafaele Joudry’s book, Why Aren’t I Learning?


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Testimonials: Brain Disorders

Marjorie Noyes, White Rock, British Columbia, Canada:

“I have Parkinson’s Disease. I lie down every day and put on my headphones and go into a very peaceful and restful sleep. I think Sound Therapy is beneficial to the stress that this malady brings on, Depression seems to be one of the worst side effects, and this is where Sound Therapy works wonders, making me feel re-enforced to carry on my daily tasks.”

Multiple Sclerosis
Lorna Graham, Hardings Point, Clifton Royal, Nebraska, USA:

“I suffer from MS and have been listening to the Sound Therapy tapes for about three months. I have had great luck in stabilizing my energy and can carry on normally. Nothing else I have done has helped me the way the tapes have. The M stands for multiple or many, and so I need to do a lot of things, but the tapes really have helped bring it all together and make it worthwhile. They are a life saver to me. They also keep headaches at bay.”

Epilepsy, electric feeling
Hilary Peart, Perth, Western Australia:

“When I first read of Sound Therapy in their newsletter, ‘Listeners’ Voices’ and read of the benefits others had received from listening to their tapes it sounded too good to be true. I thought if I could get a fraction of that help it would be worth trying, so I sent for the tapes and both my husband and I started listening to them as soon as we received them. I have epilepsy and the medication I take was not completely controlling it. I had an almost constant ‘electric’ feeling in my head, and looked out at the world through what seemed like a net curtain, or fog. I was constantly on edge, slept badly, felt exhausted, had difficulty reading and communicating. The simplest tasks had become complicated for me. From the start I listened to the Sound Therapy tapes 10-12 hours a day and found it very soothing. Before I started listening to the tapes my day consisted of about 2 hours of activity in the morning and the rest of the day mainly resting and unable to communicate. By the end of the first three months of listening my day had improved to the extent that I could be active most of the time except for a couple of hours resting in the afternoon. The headaches, pressure in my head and confusion, gradually lessened. After about 6 weeks of listening, I visited my neurologist. He was pleased with my progress and said to carry on with what I was doing. The next visit 6 months later he couldn’t get over how my walking and posture had improved, and I later left the Sound Therapy book with him. On my next visit about 8 months later, he again could see my improvement and was very pleased, and had enjoyed reading the book, as he had an interest in how music can help with restoring memory etc. Today, after about 15 months of listening, what a change! I have my enjoyment and enthusiasm for life back. I have tried many alternative remedies over the years as I have had a number of health issues, I have a heart problem which has culminated in me having a pace-maker fitted, chronic fatigue syndrome, fybromyalgia and of course the epilepsy. I still carry on with acupuncture treatment, homeopathic drops, and magnetic therapy, plus nutritional supplements and have a good diet, all of which have helped me and continue to do so. I was doing this all before I started on the Sound Therapy, but what I found with the Sound Therapy was it seemed to enhance all the other things I was doing. In conclusion Sound Therapy has improved my:

  • Energy levels
  • Co-ordination
  • Memory
  • Concentration
  • Ability to do needlework (I had come to the stage that I was unable to do this any more)
  • Communication – both written and oral
  • Sleeping pattern
  • General quality of life

In short Sound Therapy has given me my quality of life back. Thank you Sound Therapy.”

Epilepsy, spacticity
Kathleen Boyd Sharp, Camrose, Alberta, Canada:

‘Because of epilepsy I have always had to take dental work cold turkey, no anaesthetic. If I take the anaesthetic it means an instant epileptic seizure. Even when I did not take it, a few hours later at home I would still have a seizure of six or eight hours duration. Well it was mid-September when I started using Sound therapy, very faithfully from four to ten hours a day. In February I had a cavity to be filled and wasn’t even dreading it. I had the tapes running while I sat in the chair, with the dentist working on my tooth. I was as relaxed as if I was sitting in the recliner chair in my own living room. I was hardly aware of the drill (that had to be a first). This was something I had never experienced before in my entire life. There have been many times when I had to be carried literally out of the dentist’s office, driven home and carried into the house, and it would be hours before I started functioning. This time, I felt so very good, and when I got home, no seizure, I didn’t even have to lie down, but crocheted for a while and played the guitar for a few hours. I am deriving untold benefits. I was paralysed about thirty years ago with spinal meningitis, and have tended to have bad falls ever since. Sound Therapy has helped my spasticity and caused a noticeable improvement in my walking. My feet were quite toed-in, but now I actually walk with both feet pointing straight ahead. I sleep better, am calmer, and wake up ready to get up and start the day. The tapes are worth three times their weight in gold to me. I had a male relative visiting, and he helped himself to my Walkman batteries for his razor and ruined the charge. I declare if anyone touches those batteries again they will meet with instant death! Would I kill someone over a messed up charge on my batteries? You bet I would, and sit in jail and listen to Sound Therapy.’

Brain damage
Carla Gaunt, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada:

Carla Gaunt, a brain-damaged, mentally handicapped teenager, has been doing Sound Therapy for the past three months and loves listening to the tapes. Her parents report that there has been a great improvement in her ability to handle stress; her speech has developed and also her recall of past events.

Shaky hands
Hannah Shein, Netanya, Israel:

We have just returned home after a lovely week with our children. It was a very grim week for our little country what with 6 terror attacks in as many days. I believe today was a quiet day, so we can but pray for some peace.

A couple of items of interest. I have shaky hands, particularly the left one. When I play bridge I usually have to hold my cards with both hands (esp. if I am playing for a slam!). The past week or so I have not had the shakes and hold the cards well. Also when I serve tea, the cups and saucers don’t dance around ) only when serving with the left hand – just a slight shake, but much better than before. I really think Sound Therapy is responsible for the improvement.

Dyslexia and reversal
Cynthia Connell Davis, West Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S.A.:

“Specifically — I can testify that within a week after beginning my listening to the first tape I was able to write the plot for a novel. I have never before been able to envisage a plot for fiction, though I have been able to write all other aspects of fiction. (Don’t try to imagine my frustration.)

Apparently I suffer from a mild, erratic but progressive dyslexia and a reversal of (brain) sphere dominance. Improvement – as well as more patience, better listening capacity, more empathy for my writing students, decreased anxiety and depression and fatigue — has been steady and I am tremendously enthusiastic about sound therapy.”

Reba F. Adams, RN – Dallas, Texas, USA:

“The psychiatrist told me, “Your daughter is a schizophrenic and always will be.” At the age of sixteen she underwent a complete personality change as a result of a severe hypoglycaemic attack, and a fall in which she struck her forehead on a file cabinet. From being active and popular, with a wonderful sense of humour, she became irritable and suspicious, dropped her friends and became a regular recluse. She would not talk on the phone nor eat at the table, but took her meals to her room to eat behind closed doors. Her co-ordination was poor, very mechanical, like a doll. She became unable to sleep and would go days without even an hour’s sleep. That was ten years ago. She has been doing Sound Therapy for six months and is better in so many ways I hardly know where to begin. She will initiate conversations again, and occasionally I hear her deep joyous laughter that I have missed so much these past years. She is calmer, and has obtained her driver’s licence, she has started work on her education, with the assistance of a tutor provided through a special program, and she wears a Walkman to class. The Walkman is worn from the time she gets up until bedtime every day. She has come so far that I really cannot say enough about this wonderful therapy.

‘As for myself, I have recently been working a twelve hour shift, doing private duty on a stressful case. Before Sound Therapy, I did well to get out of bed and work just eight hours, and never kept a clean house. During this case, I am able to do chores at home too. I listen a short time and get twice the amount of projects accomplished.

‘Then there is my mother, who had a massive coronary and came to stay with me after ten days in hospital. I put her to listening to the Sound Therapy tapes as many hours a day as possible. After two months, the doctor said she was well enough to live alone again, so she is now back in her own apartment. Every morning she gets up at 7:30, puts her Walkman on and takes a walk around the apartment complex. Not bad for eighty-four years old!

‘Now I have begun an experiment with a man who has been in and out of psychiatric wards for the past twenty-five years. He is presently home but goes to a day care centre. I loaned him my music tapes and my Gregorian Chant tape. He has been listening for two weeks now, and says his depression is lifting, and also says, ‘I feel alive between my ears for the first time in twenty-five years.’ He wears the Walkman to the day care centre, Veteran Administration Hospital, where one of the psychiatric nurses also is wearing a Walkman and Sound Therapy tape.’

Post traumatic stress
Shea, NSW, Australia:

Just thought I’d send you a progress report This is my 8th day of Sound Therapy and already it is making a huge impact on my life in several areas. I am starting to feel a deep inner contentment and a sense that all will be well, no matter what happens – I have never experienced these feelings before. It feels like the music is surrounding me with a warm, protective glow – and this is just the beginning. As I told you on the phone, I have multiple personalities resulting from horrific, lifetime abuse and when I first heard about Sound Therapy, I instinctively knew it would help me. To this point, my life has been a constant daily battle – deep inner turmoil, confusion, fragmentation and FEAR, which drove me to alcoholism and psychiatric wards. I began my healing process over 20 years ago now (I am 53) but it was marred by persecution over some years by a satanic cult to which my brother belongs. If I’d stayed living in Sydney, I would not be alive now and somehow, two and a half years ago, I scraped together the courage to move to the country not knowing whether the cult would continue persecuting me up here or not. But they have finally left me alone and I am just starting to trust other human beings in this wonderful, warm, green valley full of birdsong. I play the tapes for about 10 hours a day with these results, so far:

  • Instant relief from stress/fear/anxiety.
  • Decreased tinnitus after 6 days
  • Sleeping pattern changing – still taking a long time to fall asleep but once I am asleep, I sleep deeper and stay asleep for longer, rather than waking every hour.
  • Sore, itchy, weeping ear canals are starting to heal – I have had this condition since I was 12.
  • Certain sounds are sharper and make me feel excited – particularly the birds
  • Decreased appetite for sweet food
  • A strong feeling that I will be able to heal from the abuse – already I have had some very healing dreams and deep realisations, (pennies dropping). Yesterday, tears started to flow a little. And although I felt sad when I was crying, the sadness had a sweetness rather than a stifling desperation.
  • feeling connected and continuity which I have never experienced before and it’s because the tapes, are reaching ALL my personalities at once, like there is a direct line/link from the earphones to my heart – I have many personalities but only one heart.
  • can tolerate and even enjoy being in company for longer. I am usually very stressed when in company, because I have to constantly be on the alert not to let slip out another personality. Now I am more relaxed (I play the tapes when in company) and am less triggered and fearful any more. People inside don’t hassle me as much.
  • A feeling of increased awareness and creativity – I am an artist an am looking forward to starting painting again now. I have also started writing again (in my journal) and feel the impetus growing to start writing my life story.
  • one of the ways I was tortured was sound or noise (triggering fear) in many different ways and I am constantly alert to new or old, triggering sounds the tapes are starting to somewhere change that and I’ve met a new confidence in sound and are taking away that fear.

I think the tapes are have a quick effect because I love music and normally listen to C.D’s (no more) most of they day and also play a lot of Scrabble – thank goodness I saw your leaflet in the Neighbourhood centre and it jogged my memory – I knew about Sound Therapy several years ago but didn’t have enough money then to buy the tapes. I believe these tapes to be invaluable for people suffering from childhood abuse, incest or trauma because, as it said in your book, they seem to take your back to the womb and gently and lovingly caress you back to wholeness that’s what’s starting to happen to me.

The music you have chosen for the Basic Music Kit is superb. The first few days it was just a warm blur but now I hear every note with new delight. Thank you Rafaele for making these tapes available to me and please convey my deep appreciation and gratitude to your mother. I will keep you informed of my progress.

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