What is occupational therapy (OT)
Occupational therapy (OT) treatment focuses on helping individuals with a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability to be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. OT can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
Some people may think that occupational therapy is only for adults; kids, after all, do not have occupations. But a child's main job is playing and learning, and occupational therapists can evaluate kids' skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group.
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), in addition to dealing with someone's physical well-being, OT practitioners address psychological, social, and environmental factors that can affect functioning in different ways. This approach makes OT a vital part of health care for kids.
What is Tomatis
The Tomatis® Method is a natural approach to neurosensory stimulation. Its listening programs change the music and voice in real time in order to capture the brain’s attention and to develop motor, emotional and cognitive skills. Developed by the French Doctor and Researcher, Alfred Tomatis, the Tomatis® Method relies on an advanced technology and the excellence of its trained professionals on how to use it.
The Tomatis® Method operates through a single handheld device called TalksUp®. It has been specifically designed to treat music and the voice based on specific parameters. This tool has many features including “Electronic Gating®”. The switch is a unique non-invasive procedure that allows sound contrasts with the sudden transition from low frequency to high frequencies. This back and forth between low and high frequencies causes a major effort of adjustment from the ear and creates a stimulation of the brain.
After assessing your ability to listen, your Tomatis® professional establishes a program with sessions tailored to your profile. With TalksUp®, you can continue your listening program at home or in a certified center.
During sessions called "passive", clients are listening to music with a headset that transmits sound through earphones (air conduction) but also by bone vibration (bone conduction). During the "active" sessions, clients are reading and rehearsing exercises through the same headset, equipped with a microphone. This time it is the voice that is instantly processed to work on the auditory feedback loop.
Information resource: tomatis.com
Occupational / Tomatis Therapist
Kathryn is Flutterbys resident OT; she has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and is currently completing her diploma in Sensory integration.