Book Presentation

"The Brain's Way of Healing", a new book by Norman Doidge
Will the French rediscover the principles of Alfred Tomatis via the North American continent?

Norman Doidge is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and researcher at Columbia University in New York, where he also teaches. Columnist for the Canadian newspaper “The National Post”, he shares his time between Toronto and New York.

Jozef Vervoort turned 75!

October 1st was Jozef Vervoort’s 75th birthday. The former director of 4 schools, special education teacher and founder of the Atlantis and Mozart-Brain-Lab Institutes in St.-Truiden, celebrated the event on October 3rd with family, friends, coworkers and their companions. Various performances and tributes commemorated his life, which he has dedicated for more than 40 years to the continuation of the work of Prof. Tomatis. During all these years, with untiring zeal and inexhaustible personal commitment, he has never ceased to promote the dissemination of the method internationally. His daughter Astrid and his son-in-law Didier, who are both fully committed to his mission and are his best supporters, had organized a lovingly designed birthday party at the Atlantis cafeteria, attended by 130 enthusiastic guests. Jozef’s greatest wish is to be able to go on with his work in perfect health until he is 100!

Great response at the Conference

About 80 participants from 19 countries, from Canada to Japan, assembled in Sint-Truiden, Belgium, from September 19th to 20th, 2015 for the 6th International APP-Today Conference for Tomatis Therapists. The conference, held at the Atlantic Centre every two years, combines topics such as advanced training related to the field of Tomatis, the exchange of the latest information and research results. An absolute highlight this year was a vocal workshop with Grammy winner Darlene Koldenhoven (Los Angeles, USA). With her concert on Saturday night, which she had especially adapted to her international audience, the Hollywood star was also fulfilling a childhood dream: It was her first solo concert in Europe in her nearly 50-year career. At the end of the official program, on Sunday evening, all participants gathered spontaneously for another 90-minute vocal training with the “approachable” star – a highly emotional experience that will be remember for a very long time by those involved.

“This school has a soul“

This is a great honor for Jozef Vervoort: Dolgelin Primary School, in the Brandenburg region near Frankfurt Oder in Germany, now bears the name of the leader of the Atlantis and Mozart-Brain-Lab therapy centers of St. Truiden, Belgium. On June 30, 2015, the school was officially named “Primary School Jozef Vervoort”. The event was marked by a big celebration for students, parents, teachers and local authorities (representatives of the local government). Grateful for the honor, the 74 year old man, who was for many years director of several schools, said "This school has a soul."
 Since 2010, the newly named “Primary School Jozef Vervoort” offers a special program of the Listening Training according to Tomatis. This module provides a most relaxing end to the school day that neither children nor their parents would want to miss. Dolgelin Primary School is leading the way in Brandenburg and is supported not only by the Atlantis Center, but also by the association “Klangfalter”, which is run by Tomatis Therapist Petra Gebauer. By naming the school after Jozef Vervoort, the establishment wanted to show gratitude.

Tomatis Therapy – Ongoing training course

At the ongoing training course of the 46th Convention of Otolaryngology, held in Mannheim (Germany) in late October / early November of 2011, Dr. Med. Jürgen Zastrow, an otolaryngologist from Cologne, introduced the Tomatis therapy as part of a discussion titled "Treatment alternatives for ENT therapy. "

About 300 people attended the presentation of the Tomatis therapy, including the history of its development since 1950 in France, the elaboration of the method, its applications in the two centres, Atlantis and Mozart-Brain Lab, in Belgium, and the training of its practitioners.
Dr. Zastrow first came into contact with the head of both Belgian centers, Jozef Vervoort, and directly witnessed the achievements of audio-psycho-phonology, in the course of his own son’s treatment. Today, the office of Dr. Zastrow in Cologne offers consultation hours every four weeks for APP treatment. Dr. Zastrow encourages his colleagues in Mannheim to practice Audio-psycho-phonology and to ensure that the work of Professor Alfred Tomatis, himself a former ENT, receive the recognition it deserves.

Dr. Zastrow, "Tomatis was an ENT and the system he created does work. We need to return it to the ENT.”

Support in Bolivia

Astrid Vervoort
Astrid Vervoort
During the months of February-March of 2010 a first-time workshop for Audio-Psycho-Phonology will be held in La Paz, Bolivia. The two Belgian institutes Atlantis and Mozart-Brain-Lab will be represented by Astrid Vervoort, who’s a trained therapist in Audio-Psycho-Phonology and also the daughter of Jozef Vervoort, the leader of both institutes.

During the workshop Astrid will be using modern technical hardware to demonstrate the variety of treatment possibilities Audio-Psycho-Phonology offers, treat children, and give background information on this therapy form which was originated by Professor Alfred Tomatis. The workshop will come as part of the ‘First International Congress for  Neuro-Pedagogy- ADHS, Epilepsy and Autism’   and the training course for Neuro-Pedagogy.

The training course and the congress have been initiated and organized by the non-profit organization ZENIT FUNDACION in La Paz with the support of the German non-profit organization “Pro Dialog” and its president, Cordula Schall, who’s a physiotherapist and a senior teacher of ‘Bobath Physiotherapy’ in the German city of Cologne.

Moreover, ZENIT FUNDACION has been able to organize the event under the auspices of the Bolivian ministry in charge of child development .

Listening in kindergarten and in school

Throughout 2009 we continued and expanded our work with Belgian kindergartens and elementary schools.
At the ‘Europaschool’ in Genk, where Mozart-Brain-Lab and Atlantis had first introduced listening training in the January of 2005,  an objectively measurable improvement of results continued at both, the kindergarten and at the elementary school level. An improvement of results can be shown in the two fields, ‘ basic language skills’ and ‘fundamental mathematics’, especially the latter.

Moreover, the kindergarten and elementary school of the city of Sint-Joris-Nieuwpoort by the North Sea (the second city we started collaborating with at the end of 2005) once again featured remarkable final scores among their ‘listening’ children.

These success stories have led to a new affiliate for us. After hearing about the results of the ‘Europaschool’, a city school in Gent, ‘De Triangel’ contacted Jozef Vervoort and his Sint-Truiden centers, and on the first of October of this year, Jozef’s centers started a listening program the kindergarten division of ‘De Triangel’. A common trait of the ‘Europaschool’ and ‘De Triangel’ is a cliental that consists to more than  90% of children of immigrants.

Internet connection

Atlantis is offering its guests a new service in the cafeteria, where they can now surf the Internet. Network outlets have now been placed at three points for easy access to the Internet. A network cable can be hired on payment of a deposit. Use of the Internet is free for guests of Atlantis.

25 years of Atlantis

The story of the Atlantis Institute in Sint-Truiden began on 26 December 1983 in the private home of the pedagogue Jozef Vervoort. Two children completed the first listening training programme on Boxing Day 25 years ago.  Following this, initially an enquiry was received every week; now they are coming in on a daily basis. Well over 15,000 children, young people and adults have now listened to their mother’s voice, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, or Gregorian chant for Jozef and his assistants.