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Autism,developmental disorders of speech, hyperactivity

Thierry Gaujarengues
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Answers to most of these questions can be found throughout this website. Here are some short answers to frequently asked questions.

  1. Does The TOMATIS Method Work?

    The Toronto Listening Center studied the impact of the TOMATIS Method on 400 children and adolescents with well-documented histories of learning problems, and a pattern of under-achievement on psycho-educational tests. The results of the study were based on a survey graded by the Tomatis participants' parents. Improvements were seen in the following areas:

    • Communication: 89%
    • Attention Span 86%
    • Frustration Level 80%
    • Reading Comprehension 85%
    • Quality of Speech 74%
    • Memory 73%
    • Spelling 69%

    In a six-month follow up assessment with the original 400 parent survey participants, 83% of the children had maintained the improvements and/or had continued to make further gains. An additional 14% of the original 400 had maintained some of the gains. Only 3% maintained none of the improvements.

  2. How long does the average program take?

    For most people, the process includes a minimum of 60 hours of listening in two sessions of 30 hours each. This is usually completed within a 3-month period. The sessions typically include both passive listening where the client simply listens to the individualized program written for his or her own ears and active listening where, using a microphone, he or she either reads aloud while still listening to Mozart, or repeats Gregorian Chant. The active listening is designed to help strengthen specific sounds that may be missing or weak in her auditory processing. Additional listening may continue past three months, if appropriate. About the Program.

  3. How do you track or see results?

    Generally, we track changes three ways: with daily reports from clients, listening re-tests, and ongoing reports after listening is completed. Concrete changes are often seen when:

    • a child with attention challenges can complete seat work in school
    • a good student reduces the number of hours spent on homework from 3 or 4 down to an hour or so
    • an active person begins to hear information the first time it is said instead of having to have it repeated
    • a struggling adult can keep a job
    • you can hold eye-contact during a conversation
    • decisions are easier to make
    • you remember words and names more easily
    • general communications improve both at home and at work
    • overall daily energy is continuous throughout the day and into the evening
    • a person tries a new sport
    • self-esteem improves and new ideas emerge
    • people begin to believe again in possibilities
  4. Are the resulting changes lasting?

    Yes. Once the program is completed, changes will last. Any future trauma to the ear such as severe illness or an accident may result in changes to a person’s listening skills. More About the Ear.

  5. What if my child cannot do the Initial Assessment (IA)?

    Some children and adults are unable to follow auditory instructions or sit for the listening test. In these cases, the in-depth questionnaire and a visual interview are helpful in knowing how to write the client’s program. The listening test is valuable when possible to complete. There are program protocols designed for clients who cannot complete the IA.

  6. Does insurance cover the TOMATIS Method?

    No. The TOMATIS Method is an education training program and is not covered under medical insurance. On occasion, an employer offers support for programs to help families. The TOMATIS Method may be covered in this type of program.

  7. Why does the program use the music of Mozart?

    Mozart’s music is very complex, covering several octaves and a wide range of sound. A study done at UC Irvine found Mozart touches human brain activity, providing openings for learning. That is why Mozart's music has been proven to be so beneficial for learning and education.

  8. Can I just listen to Mozart on my IPOD or MP3 player with the same results?

    Listening to Mozart at any time supports learning skills; however, the TOMATIS Method uses patented technology that individualizes the listening experience and stimulates your ears through a personal program that dramatically affects auditory processing.

  9. What is the average length of The TOMATIS Method program?

    Each client's TOMATIS Method program is tailored to meet his or her specific needs. The length depends on two factors:

    • nature, length and severity of the problem
    • client's response to the program

    Some clients respond more quickly than others. As much as possible, we try to give an accurate estimate for the duration of the program before starting. Keeping this in mind, an average program consists of three blocks and approximately 70 hours in total. However, some clients may need additional blocks.

  10. How much does the program cost?

    The price for the diagnostic meeting which will assess the extent of difficulties as well as possible positive effect of the Listening program (opportunities / range of improvement) is 2250, - CZK. The diagnostic meeting contains:

    • an interview with adult client/ the child’s parents about nature and extent of problems, their possible causes (if known) and learning the medical / psychological reports from previous examinations (if there are any and if there are available),
    • interview with the child (if it is possible), observation of the child in social interaction or in a game, test battery,
    • Listening test (children who can be examined) which will clarify the nature of indicated problems and then is assess the range, length and focus of the program (whether it will be just a basic 60 listening hours program or the long-term program). After consideration and evaluation of such information will be proposed program type and subsequently agreed price based on the price list valid for the current year,
    • At the end of the diagnostic meeting there will be an evaluation of the listening test, its interpretation and recommendation of  the very next steps (if TOMATIS  method is or is not suitable etc.),
    • If client decides to start the program, the price of this diagnostic appointment will be deducted from the total agreed price of the program, in case the client starts the program within one month after taking the listening test. If the client can start the listening program later than one month from the listening test, a new (updated) measurement must be taken, and therefore the price 2250, - CZK from the overall price of the program is not deducted then.

    The length of diagnostic meeting is usually 90 to 120 minutes.

    The price for one hour listening  starts at CZK 420 including VAT (particular case: the type of program - Developing listening program + selected price advantage - "Three for the price of two"). It is possible to use price discount at therapeutic programs as well.  Nevertheless necessity of more frequent listening testing during the entire program, the need of dedicated assistant involvement while listening program (concerns to children clients) have an impact on price indeed. The average price for one listening hour is approximately 650, - CZK, prices of therapeutic programs for severe cases and small children can be up to 825,-CZK for 1 hour of listening.

    Therapeutic programs are comparing to developing programs more expensive due to more frequent examination and performing listening tests and the necessity of involving personal assistant for the child while listening. Active involvement of experts (speech therapist, psychologist, special education teacher, phoniatrist etc.) effects also the final cost of the program.

  11. Do I have to go to a center for the TOMATIS Method?

    No. The TOMATIS Method is a portable, educational application. You do your program in your own home after meeting with a Consultant and receiving instructions on the easy-to-use equipment. You return the borrowed equipment to the certified Consultant at the end of your sessions, in postage-paid packaging if you are at some distance from the Consultant. About the Program.

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