Auditory Training

This article was adapted from brochures available from the IDEA Training Center & the Spectrum Center www.spectrumcenter.com, two excellent sources of auditory training. Who Needs It? Many children with developmental delays initially present as having poor or non-existent speech and language skills. Their medical histories show frequent ear infections, no hand dominance, sound sensitivity, and avoidance of certain types of touch and movement. Candidates for auditory integration training include individuals with learning and language disorders, attention deficits, pervasive developmental disorders, autism, central auditory processing problems and sound sensitivity. Under-reactivity is also seen with some children craving sensory input such as spinning and “rough­housing.”   Behaviors in these individuals are unpredictable; parents, teachers and friends are overwhelmed by poor toler­ance for frustration, temper tantrums, shyness, or aggression that appears unprovoked.   These are all secondary signs of one possible cause which is neuro-physiological. What Is It? The ear has a function that is even more primary that hearing; listening.  Listening requires the coordination…

The Mozart Effect and Autism, ADHD and Other Developmental Delays

An interview with Don Campbell, author of “The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind and Unlock the Creative Spirit” and Founder of the Institute of Music, Health and Education Mr. Campbell, your book explains how exposure to sound and music can have a lifelong effect on health, learning, and behavior. Why is music so important? Music is essential for childhood development because it helps integrate many sensorial qualities. The ear is not just an organ of hearing. It is also the organ of balance and time/space perception. It teaches us to communicate, speak, and sing and dance. So, when we work with music, we’re working on multiple levels simultaneously. Can you tell us about the Mozart Effect and autism, ADHD and other developmental delays? These children often have trouble listening. Alfred Tomatis, a French physician, has spent his life studying vocal, auditory, and learning disorders, and he believes that faulty listening is…