27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2000
The personal story of the author, his very troubled youth, and the man who helped him overcome his severe problems - Alfred Tomatis. After overcoming his difficulties the author started treatimg others with the same method. In a nutshell: the Tomatis Method relies on the ear and it's function (listening) to treat conditions as different as Autism, Hyperactivity, singing, reading and writing problems and many more. This is a facinating book for it combines a very moving personal story with a VERY CLEAR presentation of the method. Any parent with a child diagnosed as hyperactive or the like should read the book. Any person who is interested in a very unique and original approach to the way our body functions shouldn't miss this one. And actually it is a must-read for all teachers.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2008
The author, Paul Madaule, describes what he learned about hearing from Dr. Alfred Tomatis and shows how to use the Tomatis Method and "Earobics."
Growing up, Madaule had dyslexia, learning disabilities, "inhibition, temper tantrums, absent-mindedness, fits of anxiety, extreme shyness, sleepless nights, difficulty expressing himself, fear of the future and clumsiness." Tomatis showed him that all of these ailments were all due to his inability to hear properly. Madaule explains how "sound confusion put him "off track" creating a misunderstanding. A distorted perception of words, in turn, affected his understanding of the world."
The book is easy to read and the material is comprehensive. Madaule gives relatable examples and helpful suggestions throughout. He touches on the ear itself, the ears connection to the brain and body, the vestibular system and how to correct hearing disorders. Music, sound and movement, chanting, learning a new language are amongst the topics explained from Dr. Tomati's perspective.
Dr. Tomatis's methods have proven effective as non-invasive treatment for children with autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, and other special needs due to auditory processing disorders.
Madaule begins his story as a student, morphing into a celebrated teacher. This book is wonderful and useful.
The book is split into two parts, Listening Unveiled and Listening Through Life.
Some chapters are:
Listening for Preschoolers, Listening at School, Teenage Listening, Multiple Listening of the Adult, No Retirement for Listening.
I highly recommend this book for parents and teachers, people suffering from dyslexia or any of the above listed disorders, and anyone who wants to increase their ability to communicate.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2000
a friend recommended this book after having a workshop with the author. the whole concept of behavior problems that can be helped by retraining the ear is amazing. i was fascinated by the physiology of the ear and the fact that the ear brings energy to the brain, not just sounds. i am recommending this book to several friends, one of whom is a special ed teacher.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2004
Madaule's approach to learning and communication difficulties is very comprehensive. As a mother of an academically underachieving child, his book offered insights to a refreshing, non-invasive therapy. Since completing his listening training, my son is now achieving at grade level! I recommend When Listening Comes Alive for all parents who are looking for a clear understanding of listening-related learning disabilities and possibly a successful option to medication, as it has been for my son.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2003
...well written with practical information and a touching personal experience. Madaule's book is a must read for educators and parents alike. It reveals a component in the challenges faced by the learning disabled which is overlooked by many practitioners. Full of insight and very comprehensive. I haven't stopped talking about this book since putting it down.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2008
This book has transformed my life - the Tomatis method has helped my dyslexic son and led me to incorporate the program into my psychotherapy practice. But please don't buy it on Amazon! The U.S. distributor went out of business so you can't get it in the U.S. at the retail price of about $20.00, but you can order it from Madaule's Listening Centre in Toronto, [...]
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2006
The best books about complex subjects are those in which the author has thought long and hard about his subject. Paul Madaule after his years of experience with the Tomatis method, has written such a book.
It is certainly not just about "Why Can't Johnny Read?" It is a taste of the cutting edge, without any fanfare, inviting and informative. The effect of the training does not depend solely upon the music of Mozart for its effect, but upon many other elements skillfully woven together. Here you will begin to undestand the process.
By all means make it part of your library.
Roberta Prada, "The Ear and the Voice" in English, and J. Faure:" The Voice and Singing", practical treatise, 1868, in English with Francis Keeping, vocalimages.com and voxmentor.com - presenting Tomatis based programs and serving musicians, the creative and business community in New York City
on January 8, 2015
We used The Tomatis Auditory Training with our son when he was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. We watched a miracle unfold over the course of him going out to Bethesda, MD for 3 "loops" of Tomatis. His hyperactivity decreased , he began talking, it was as if things clicked with him. Our pediatrician made a comment after the first time we did the Tomatis with Matt she said " it is like he is controlling it instead of it controlling him". She wanted to know what had happened with Matt because he was not the same little boy she knew. We had not told her that we were going out to Bethesda to begin Auditory Training.
By the time he was in kindergarten he was without the diagnosis of autism anymore!! He has now finished his undergraduate degree at Purdue University with Psych and Spanish and is in his first year of graduate studies in Ft Lauderdale, FL working toward his Masters then his Doctorate in Psychology. His goal is to work with children with autism!! Thank you Dr Tomatis!!