Another listening program is just being introduced in the United States and Canada, the Listening Fitness Program. This program provides listening training using sound stimulation, designed by Paul Madaule who worked closely with Dr. Tomatis and has used the Tomatis Method for over 30 years. While the Listening Fitness Program shares some similarities with the Tomatis Method it differs substantially in assessment procedures, audio equipment, and focus and is not regarded as being equivalent. It can be a useful part of a home treatment regimen where the goal is to help an individual to develop and improve both receptive and expressive listening. It is most commonly used as a clinic-based tool. Like the other listening techniques, Listening Fitness includes a passive phase of intervention. Unlike the other auditory home-based programs, Listening Fitness provides an active component or the “expressive phase”. This is where one gains control over his/her voice and body through voice exercises (humming, singing, reading into a microphone). The total program lasts about 60 hours; listening times vary per individual. Close monitoring and coaching are provided throughout the program.
Listening Fitness Instructors are carefully screened, trained and supervised for 1 year by a highly qualified training team of consultants from the Listening Centre in Toronto, Canada. Founded over 20 years ago by director Paul Madaule, the author of When Listening Comes Alive, the Listening Centre is a leader in the filed of listening. Currently the Listening Fitness Program is being used with children with listening and learning difficulties. At this point in time it is not being used with individual’s with a medical or neurological diagnosis such a autism, ADD or other neurological disorders.
For more information visit www.listeningfitness.com
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