Considering the presuppositions mentioned above, one can see that the TOMATIS Method can play an efficient role in areas relating to learning and communication, to personal and behavioral development, to work on the body and the voice and to the integration of foreign languages.
Learning difficulties are often characterized by different tos of academic failure whose origin, as all specialists acknowledge, more often than not lies in a communication problem. «A child who doesn’t focus his attention, who falls further and further behind in linguistic development or who suffers from behavioral troubles, has diminished or suppressed his or her desire to listen." To read and write, it is necessary to be able to decrypt, analyze, and reproduce sounds with an ear that has been freed of all its blockages.
In fact, as explained above, the ear plays a capital role: not only does it ensure balance in the body, but it is also the essential mediator in language learning. Sessions spent under the Electronic Ear making use of the TOMATIS Effect allow optimizing learning abilities by stimulating the brain through a system of rocking sounds from one ear to another. This trains the middle ear, in the real sense of the term, so that the inner ear «starts to listen.«
Naturally, the seriousness of these difficulties can vary, and here the primordial role of prevention should be emphasized: vigilant observation of the child from the youngest age can allow one to detect eventual problems in laterality, psychomotor functions, and so on. These will be all the less resistant if they are addressed at an early stage in the child’s development.
To all of these observed difficulties motivating parents to consult a TOMATIS Centre, one should add the help that the Method can provide in a certain number of cases considered as «normal» but which nonetheless can be greatly improved.
The non-exhaustive list of these difficulties and the help provided is as follows:
Although we all understand the importance of continuing to walk, run and swim to maintain muscle, very few people realize that it is at least as important — if not more — to enliven the brain, notably by providing it with all the stimulation it needs to fully play its role in the functions of revitalization, relaxation, balance, and communication as well as in the command of the voice and music.
This work on personal development is essential whatever age a person is: it may happen to be necessary following a traumatizing emotional, physical or professional event. Often, it is also the case with young people feeling run down, adults overwhelmed by their burdens and responsibilities, or elderly people facing the reorganization of the pace of their lives.
There are therefore many factors which motivate people to consult a TOMATIS Centre in the context of personal development and they cover practically all manifestations of «poor form» that one can encounter in modern life. The most highly quoted reasons are as follows:
To the «poor form» already mentioned, which can be accompanied by the symptoms enumerated above, one should add more severe troubles which can affect the child, the adolescent and the adult. These are often characterized by the following problems: