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  • How The Listening Therapy helps Children Sufffering From Dyspraxia

    Dyspraxia can be defined as an impairment or immaturity of the organisation of movement which, in most cases, is associated language, perception and thought problems.

    Children suffering from dyspraxia may demonstrate the following types of difficulties:

    • Poor gross and fine motor skills, awkward movement and clumsiness.

    • Speech delay.

    • Poor attention and concentration

    • Poor social and communication skills.

    For the past 40 years, the method of Doctor A. Tomatis, a French ENT specialist, has successfully helped many children with dyspraxia in Europe and North America. His initial research with singers and people suffering from hearing loss led him to a greater understanding of the role of the ear, which is far from being limited to the hearing. In fact the ears are vital for both physical and emotional development, right from the embryonic stage.

    The development of the cars is characterised by its precocity, it starts within the first few weeks of the foetus' life and is functional at 4 1/2months of prenatal life.

    There are two parts in the inner ear which work together - the vestibular apparatus and the cochlea.

    The vestibular apparatus monitors the interaction between the body and the environment, whether static or dynamic. It is thanks to the vestibular apparatus that

    we can move with a sense of balance, co-ordination and remain upright. Every single muscle of the body informs and receives information from the vestibular apparatus. During the first years of life children manage to build up a correct ".body image" or "body awareness" thanks to a good vestibular integration.

    Another function of the vestibular apparatus is to provide the necessary stimulation to the cortex. In other words. the ears act as generators supplying the brain with the energy it requires to be active.

    Once the vestibular apparatus is well integrated, the cochlea is able to function in an optimum way. The cochlea's role is to perceive and analyse the sounds (thus language). However, it will take a few years for the children to start listening and concentrating properly. This will only be achieved when the vestibular apparatus is maintaining a good motor control i.e. balance, verticality and co-ordination. In other words,, we need full motor integration to not only hear but to start listening and communicating.

    We now understand. why children suffering from dyspraxia, have difficulties concentrating and learning to socialise.

    The Listening Therapy Treatment provides a stimulation to the ears via the Electronic Listening Device , which is a set of headphones and an electronic device which filters sounds in such a way that the ears are "forced" to function properly. It triggers an intense stimulation of the vestibular apparatus and helps the children to improve their balance and co-ordination, as well as their gross and fine motor skills.

    In parallel with the motor progress, the ability to listen and therefore to speak and communicate improves greatly.

    The Listening Therapy helps the ears to mature that have been delayed for various reasons and helps the children to use more of their "locked up" potential.


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