How Sound Therapy Improves learning

Active listening and learning

Early in his research, Dr Tomatis discovered that the results of hearing tests varied greatly depending on the subject’s motivation to demonstrate a good or bad level of hearing. He discovered a voluntary, though unconscious element to our ability to hear. Listening means that we direct our ears to actively tune in to selected sounds.

Sound Therapy re-educates the selective ability of the ear, enabling listening to become a focused, motivated response to sound.This level of listening has the ability to re-map and re-program the way our brain deals with sound – which has a profound effect on the way we learn.

Our auditory sense is the most profound of all our sensory systems in terms of its influence on brain function and daily performance. While brain function can be improved through training and education, another, easier and possibly more fundamental method of improving brain function is through sound stimulation.

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Practitioner Info

Sound Therapy is a self-help program that rehabilitates the muscles in the middle ear and stimulates the brain. The program has been successfully used by thousands of listeners over the past 15 years, with benefits in the relief of hearing loss, tinnitus, depression and anxiety, insomnia, ADD/ADHD and learning difficulties, amongst others.

Practitioners Group ShotWe believe Sound Therapy is a leading edge technology. Interest and popularity are steadily growing in this exciting area of health, and the Joudry method makes this modality simple, affordable and portable. It is an efficient system to add to existing treatment programs. It enhances your client’s treatment, often speeding results and addressing areas that have proven to be difficult to address with other modalities.

Practitioners are invited to join us in making this modality available by promoting and offering it through their clinics. Our user-friendly information resources make it easy and efficient for you to introduce Sound Therapy to your clients.

You may also wish to undertake our Practitioner Training program, or to become a Referring Practitioner who simply lets your clients know about Sound Therapy. Alternatively you may wish to become a Distributor and offer our listening programs for sale through your clinic.

Brain Damage

After a brain damage caused by injury there is always a chance of recovery to varying degrees. Sound Therapy is an intervention which may increase the probability of a faster and more total recovery. The sooner it is introduced after the injury or stroke, the greater the likelihood of healing. Some stroke patients who use Sound Therapy have been seen to make an unexpectedly quick recovery, often with functioning returned to a surprisingly high level.

After brain damage the brain is faced with having to develop new pathways or reroute information to compensate for the damaged area. Sound Therapy may be effective in helping to create new brain pathways and reforming essential connections between more distant parts of the brain. The complex, multilayered harmonic and melodic information within the classical music stimulates many parts of the brain, helping to engender a form and structure which assists with various forms of sensory processing.

Sound Therapy may improve integration in the cerebellum, an area near the brain stem which controls many automatic functions and overall sensory and motor integration. The filtering which causes sudden bursts of high frequency sound may stimulate increased firing of neurons. When a neuron fires, it sends a message to other neurons in both chemical and electrical form. Often the process of firing off a message also creates new interneuronal connections called dendrites or axons. This means that using Sound Therapy may build new brain connections, increasing the neural network, exactly what is needed to recover from a stroke.

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Gifted Children

Giftedness is traditionally defined as having an IQ higher than 130.  This is manifested as an intellectual capacity beyond that expected for the age of the child.  It also points to having the potential to achieve highly in both childhood and adulthood.

Giftedness may also include a different type of sensory responsiveness. For example, heightened sensitivity to touch, hearing, sight, smell and taste.

The gifted person experiences life events differently to others, and will put their own unique interpretations on life events.  They will have different perceptions of reality and different emotional responses and consequently, are likely to do things differently as well.

This presents challenges in some situations for children in the school system.

Gifted Children and Sound Therapy

Gifted children, and in fact all children, can benefit from Sound Therapy, which is simply a way of providing added stimulus to develop and increase the resilience of the auditory system. It can be used to improve concentration, creative thinking, language skills, sleep, moods, energy levels, and to reduce stress.

Just as children need the stimulation of physical exercise, somersaults, roundabouts, swings and other coordination challenges, they benefit from the stimulation of the vestibular and auditory systems that Sound Therapy provides.

Gifted children and learning difficulties

Some gifted children learn more easily through other senses other than the auditory sense. Because such children may not learn well in a traditional classroom, they can sometimes perform considerably below their mental age. Therefore these children may be classed as learning disabled, may fall behind in their studies and become disruptive in group situations.

However, such problems may be hard to identify. Gifted children usually develop self taught strategies for circumventing their deficit, so do not always demonstrate the typical characteristics of a learning or sensory integration problem.

In the classroom gifted children who have a sensory processing problem will often use visual clues to determine what is required of them. Such children often understand much of the subject matter taught in class, having already studied it using computers or reference books at home. Therefore teachers may not notice that the child is unable to follow their verbal teaching. Children may become clever at guessing what the teacher wants from their prior learning or other observations. Alternatively they may just withdraw from participation into their own world, or exhibit disruptive behaviour.

Sound Therapy has been found to enhance learning and life adjustment for gifted children in the following ways.

• Processing of auditory information improved
• Processing speed improved
• Accurate sound detection – able to discern just noticeable differences in sounds
• Clarity of speech perception and articulation enhanced
• Discrimination of relevant sound form background noise
• Improved memory for complex sound patterns
• Better attention to sound
• Improved coordination and sensory integration

When Sound Therapy brings about change in the basic auditory pathways, the effect has a flow on effect to the higher neural levels, eventually reaching and improving academic abilities.

Sound Therapy has been found to improve not only auditory processing but also motor coordination, visual perception, visual/motor skills and time order processing.

To learn more about how Sound Therapy can assist children with their learning, refer to Rafaele Joudry’s book, Why Aren’t I Learning?
To read more now, request one of our Free Reports on Sound Therapy and learning.

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.

Terminology

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.

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Intense focus
Norman Altrogge, University student and part-time restaurant worker:

“Over and above assisting me in relaxing and winding down, my hearing became much keener as I listened to the cassettes from day to day. There followed improved concentration and it seemed easier to zero in on things. The listening had a sort of snowballing effect in improving my ability to focus my mind and put myself into whatever I’m doing with a larger degree of intensity.”

Dyslexic adult “switched on”
Cecily Bova, Cape Town, South Africa:

“At last I am able to send you my experience of sound therapy. I have been listening for up to six hours a day since October last year. (Five months) A truly hard case with very stubborn ears. I am not just a visual type, but an artist, deciphering everything thro’ my eyes. Without being told, I already knew I was “locked in” for that is how I have experienced the world, as though I lived at a distance: which makes sense because the eyes are the furthest away sense.

I loved music, but I knew the quality of sound evaded me, and I longed to hear as a musician would. Much as I enjoyed colour tones, rhythms, I knew my ears were not experiencing true sound.

Being a dyslexic adult, with switched off ears, has caused terrible suffering, as you will understand. I am in my mid 50’s and it has taken all these years to wait, and work only with body and eyes, cut off from true sound.

I have experienced a lot of anger and frustration, because of the loneliness and isolation: one of my main hang ups in the world was that I felt invisible. In fact I was beginning to call myself the invisible man (woman). I was ignored, in other words. My anger was in my voice. No doubt all who heard me would switch off.

…The results came and went. I kept a diary for three months. Everything stressed me in the end, change of life, the terrible South African situation with the increased isolationism of that, stressful home situations, homesickness for England, and hostility for South Africa made me feel more locked in than Mandela.

…Last week a change began to take place. I could not sleep a whole night. I was wide awake… my mind clear and active all night. I was frightened by it. Then awake all day, with no fatigue. This has continued, my mind clear, not disturbed. My ears are lighting up. In the past two days I am aware of them as appendages on each side of my head, my ears feel like horns, or shells, I feel their depth into my head. Sound is coming through, I am “switching On”, Patricia, with a calming effect. I can hear the anger in my voice. My speech has become softer; I am so amazed by this listening ability. I keep on thinking it will stop. If it does I’ll go mad.

At last I am aware of the other, the thou in my life. There is no doubt about it. Sound therapy in my case acted like First Aid. I was drowning, like a stranded whale, disoriented, I missed that quality of being bathed in sound. Supermarkets, noisy places, and loud pop music drove me insane. I lived purely with my eyes, focusing on colours and enjoying life in the artistic manner. Any disturbance of that made me angry, critical and aggressive. I always felt as though my privacy was being invaded.

Now my experience of sound therapy has humbled me. I am in awe of sound. I can actively focus on sound sources. It’s incredible, as though I have been given a new instrument, calming my mind and soul.

Bless you, Patricia, and all the brothers who helped you and worked with you to produce this for the man in the street. I could not have afforded the therapy in a listening lab.

Crosswords, social skills, maturation
Claude Heppell, Rimouski, Quebec:

“The most recent effect of my Sound Therapy, after l4 months of listening to the tapes, is rather amusing: for I have lately discovered a capability of doing crosswords, at which I had slaved in vain in the past.

As a purely visual person, it took me a long time to realize effects with these tapes. I was patient and persistent, as I enjoyed the music and found that I missed it when I skipped a day. Gradually I found myself becoming a more social person, feeling more and more love for others, with a powerful new capacity to interact and create in volunteer groups for old people. I am 46, and whereas one might say this was a natural maturation, I believe that, on the contrary, change is more difficult as we get older.

A few months ago, singing some folksongs for my own pleasure, I realized I had more ability to strike the right notes than before. And when I speak, my voice, which I disliked until recently, is gradually becoming more resonant, warm, and well controlled. All thanks to the Sound Therapy cassettes and Walkman.”

More focussed singer
Melanie King, singer-composer, Melbourne, Australia:

“I have had some beautiful benefits from using the tapes – trebled energy, less sleep needed, steadier moods, more focused concentration – and I have notes in the top of my vocal range which are brand new.”

P.S., some months later: “My voice continues to soar eaglebound in new ways!”

Dyslexic hearing
Madonna Schoonder, Sydney, NSW, Australia:

I’ve always had bad concentration & memory. I also have what I call dyslexic hearing. People talk to me but I have no idea what they’re saying most times. It makes no sense to me & I just shut off. I heard about Sound Therapy & wasn’t sure if it would help but wanted to give it a go. I listened for 3 hrs the first night & slept the whole night through & soundly. Something that’s never happened before; my whole life I’ve had trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep more than 2 or 3 hrs, even when exhausted. So for me, that was great. Not only that, I’ve slept well every night since, even with my boyfriend there who literally jumps all around all night & constantly bangs the bed with his legs.

I’ve also noticed my concentration has improved enormously. I can read a book now without my mind wandering & I only need to read it once because it makes sense the first time. My conversations have improved also because people’s words make sense now & don’t seem all jumbled.

The first time I listened to Sound Therapy was just a quick listen from a friend. I didn’t even really know what it was. I’d just had a huge fight with my boyfriend & was extremely upset. Within seconds of listening to the music it calmed me down a lot.

Mind in a fog
Mrs A Stolz, Kirwan, Queensland, Asutralia:

A note to let you know how excited I am at the results I have with Sound Therapy. After approximately 20 hours of listening, I believe I am experiencing positive results.

I am a Registered Nurse working in a neonatal unit where we care for sick and premature babies. There is a lot to learn and know in this relatively new field of nursing. Because each baby’s weeks of gestation, present age, and weight must be considered before starting anything else, I felt my mind was in a fog for a long time in working out their progress. Now I find a joy in being at work that I haven’t had before. It is a marvellous feeling.

I have been listening to the tapes very softly, just before I go to sleep, or sometimes, on days off, while doing housework. I play tapes softly so I can listen to the same one many times without tiring of it before I change to another tape. I look forward to 100 hours of listening and have put on layby walkmans for all the members of my family including grandchildren.

Thank you so very much for making this therapy available.