Tomatis Therapy – Ongoing training course
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, "Tomatis was an ENT and the system he created does work. We need to return it to the ENT.”
Support in Bolivia
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.
Aside from Belgium our method has now also yielded some success in the German education program. There, the first step was taken in the city of Hilpoltstein by Gerhard Schaer, who started training the first German group of kindergarten children in 2007 and has been doing so with good success.
In the city of Essen a small two-year program under the leadership of Bernd Hermann has received much praise.
For next year a new kindergarten project in Lückenwalde, Brandenburg is on the horizon. Thanks to the unwavering commitment of Ines Tessmann, it appears that the daily activities of these kindergarten children of drawing, coloring and playing will soon be enriched by another activity, wearing headphones.