The Tomatis® method was developed by French Doctor and Researcher, Alfred Tomatis. The Tomatis® method uses advanced technology and is a natural approach to neurosensory stimulation as it works through sound. The listening programmes are designed so that the music and voice can be changed to capture the brain’s attention and develop motor, emotional and cognitive skills.
The ear has three functions
- Balance – The vestibular system is a part of the inner ear and it informs the brain when the body moves and therefore plays a role in the control of posture and maintenance of balance. In Occupational therapy intervention, the vestibular system plays a very important role because it is a core integrator to the entire central nervous system.
- Revitalization or Cortical Charge – Sound acts as a natural energy charge to the brain. High frequency sounds increases arousal level and a person’s readiness to learn, while low frequency sound impacts on the ability to calm in a sustained way so the mind and body can be at rest. Another example would be to think about a person who speaks with a higher tone of voice versus someone who speaks monotone (one tone or a depressed-like tone of voice). The one person will make you feel energised and the other will drain you of your energy.
- Listening – To listen and communicate seems like an easy and natural process but when this function is disrupted it can cause fatigue, irritability, fight and flight response, withdrawal or shut-down.