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1 Auditory Processing & its role in functioning in the real world Susan Sonkin, MS, OTR October 24th, 2009

2 A person with issues finds it hard... to effectively interact with the world to attend to behave to understand to learn

3 Sensory Processing is vital in understanding what the world is saying to us We have many sensory channels As an Occupational Therapist my career has focussed on Sensory Channel and how they affect attention behavior learning

4 I am going to focus on the auditory channel We all know that we hear through our ears but our ears do much more Your hearing may be perfect but your ability to process sounds may be awful So you can hear the sounds but not understand what they mean If you cannot understand sounds is is very difficult to acquire language socialize attend behave interact It affects your total sense of self!

5 For Example Our ears are responsible for understanding where we are in space Through Auditory Processing we are able to discern whether we are: upright slanted upside down still or moving Imagine what it would be like to move through your world if this information was distorted

6 Question: Can we help our ears do a better job? 55 years ago Dr Alfred Tomatis developed an auditory training system for an Opera Singer in Paris However, he found that this system had many other beneficial effects than just helping to reach certain high notes Over the years, the considerable research has validated his work and the Tomatis Effect became the Gold Standard for auditory processing development The Tomatis Institute developed a technology based solution designed to deliver the Tomatis Effect...


8 SoListen Basic Facts All training is undertaken using specially developed headsets to maximize the Tomatis Effect Programs of music and chanting selected by your trainer in accordance with your specific needs Each cycle of training comprises 2 hours of listening a day for 15 days -- a 4 week break -- a second round of listening for 2 hours a day for 15 days Oftentimes, one starts to experience benefits after two or three days, however benefits and progress may continue for up to 18 months after the training

9 How does it work? Offers vibrations that help perfect the actions of the hearing & and auditory processing structures of the ear and the brain Especially exercises the muscle known as the tympanic membrane or ear drum The small calcium carbonate rocks that help in the feeling and interpreting sound are better conditioned The overall hearing system and its physical structures are left in tip-top condition as a consequence more accurate information is passed to the processing centers of the brain for interpretation

10 Case Studies A 5-year old child with very slow sensory processing capability and slumped posture is, after one cycle of training, quicker, straighter, more conversant and happier An oppositional defiant 8-year old child with language-based reading issues is now asking for music from his infancy, has moved up 2 levels in his reading group and for the first time is initiating appropriate play for extended periods with his younger sister An anxious and depressed dentist is now able to entertain and comfortably participate in group activities leaving him feeling considerable better A middle-aged woman suffering from deep anxiety following a spate of deaths in her family over a short period of time is now able to effectively function and get on with her life

11 Note With SoListen you are in control of your training program, listening in a time and place that suits you There are no geographical constraints we have trained clients in Florida and Pennsylvania as easily and effectively as clients in the tri-state area We are particularly interested in working with families to provide collective training to help overcome issues & problems Other interesting applications for this technique include prenatal, post traumatic stress, stroke, dementia, stuttering and acquisition of a second language.

12 If you are interested in finding out more information, please visit our Website Or me at or call me on (914) 71or call me on (914)

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