Why Arent I learning?
Informed parents want the answer
By Rafaele Joudry
Children build their sense of the world, contact, meaning and love from listening to their mothers voice in the womb. Through the miracle of life, the babys brain is formed out of neurons, axons and dendrites; patterns and meanings are created as the mothers voice lays down an imprint of order. No wonder, then, that sound has such a powerful capacity to heal. This was the basis of Dr Tomatis remarkable discoveries which launched the field of Sound Therapy.
Sound Therapy assists to:
§ Enhance learning and concentration
§ Improve communication and social skills
§ Speed language and literacy acquisition
§ Fine tune coordination
§ Helps child to achieve full potential
Sound Therapy works by retraining the earactivating and building brain pathways so the childs ability to learn is dramatically enhanced. Connections between the two hemispheres of the brain are strengthened so that thinking and co-ordination improve in many areas. The childs equilibrium, sense of self-control and self-esteem develop, so naturally, behaviour also improves.
The added stimulation benefits all children, and is especially necessary for those who are a little slower in their development.
Successful listening and learning depend on good auditory processing, which means the ability to translate the stream of vocal speech sounds into words and meaning, and then recreate those sounds as speech.
Research in a number of fields indicates that inadequate sensory integration is a key to most learning disorders. Not only must the brain process five senses, but it must integrate all that information so it makes sense together.
Children with Sensory Integration Dysfunction are likely to become abnormally upset by loud sounds or bright lights, or by being touched or moved unexpectedly.
Research shows that sensory integration, auditory processing and many other issues that affect learning can be effectively improved through Sound Therapy. The program is done at home using specially filtered music and story tapes which the child finds enjoyable. The tapes are listened to on a portable player, such as a Walkman, at bedtime or during other quiet activities.
What families say about Sound Therapy:
Emily before Sound Therapy was a very anxious, quiet, shy child who would cry at the drop of a hat and get very upset when she couldnt do things that other children could do in her class. After two weeks of Sound Therapy she was actually putting her hand up and wanting to answer questions, her confidence levels were very high and she was retaining information, which was most important. And she felt good about herself.
Julie Welch -Mother of a child with learning difficulties
Our son John is in Grade six and showing terrific improvement in reading since beginning on the Sound Therapy tapes two months ago. He says a lot of people don’t even know he has dyslexia anymore. His teachers are amazed and thrilled. We are so excited because last year John was in a special programme but this year he’s in a normal classroom situation. He was on medication for his learning disability but now he’s off the Ritalin.
Judy and Gerrit Westerhof – parents of a child with dyslexia.
My five year old son, Quannah, has always been very hyperactive with an energy that just bounces off the walls. He also showed a lot of anger. I obtained the Sound Therapy story tapes and let him listen to these for an hour or so each day, letting him feel that it was a privilege and in no way forcing it on him. In about two weeks there was a noticeable change in his behaviour. He became very quiet and calm, and somehow mellow. He also seemed much happier.
Brandy Graham – mother of a child with Attention Deficit Disorder.
Rafaele Joudry is the founder and director of Sound Therapy International and the author of three books on Sound Therapy, including, Why arent I learning? Listening is the key to overcoming learning difficulties. For information or to order the book, contact: Sound Therapy International, phone 1300 55 77 96 email@example.com www.soundtherapyinternational.com