The following quotes are taken from an article written by Pierre Sollier published in Alternative Medicine.
“The Vestibule, an oval cavity at the entrance of the cochlea and connected to the semi-circular canals, controls balance, posture, coordination, muscle tone and function, and our ability to develop an image of how our body is positioned in space. Sometimes called “the ear of the body,” the vestibule also helps relay sensory information to the brain.”
“Often in a case of learning disabilities or attention deficit disorder, the vestibule is one of the sources of the problem. Literally, the ear is unable to process, organize, and manage the thousands of pieces of sound information coming in from the environment. We have often noted that children with learning disabilities may have a vestibular problem, as demonstrated in a tendency to be clumsy, to fall or bump into things, to appear to others as uncoordinated.”
“Paul Madaule, director of the Tomatis Listening Center in Toronto, Canada, and author of When Listening Comes Alive (1994), explains: “The goal is to enhance the brain’s capacity to learn rather than to teach specific skills. When the listening function is enhanced or restored, the brain demonstrates a more effective learning ability when presented with environmental stimulation.”
If you have ever wondered why athletes do well in school or are successful in life….here maybe part of the answer. Their vestibule (in the inner ear) functions well to serve them in coordination and where their bodies are in space and it also helps them to focus, process, and organize incoming information. They are able to do this with as much ease as they do in their athletic prowess and without becoming overly tired from the mental effort they are making.
Ear training, auditory intervention, Tomatis or whatever you would like to call it helps in all of these efforts we make. I concur with what Paul Madaule has said, “The goal is to enhance the brain’s capacity to learn rather than to teach specific skills.” This is our priority at Boost Learning Center…we also have the ability and desire to teach specific skills (for example all the vowel sounds for reading decoding and comprehension) along with auditory intervention to get a stronger upward spiral effect in school success.
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