Daniel’s Dyslexia

When I took our 16-year-old son Daniel to a Tomatis Method center to be treated for dyslexic syndrome, I had read a book that had given me new hope. Perhaps Daniel’s condition was not hopeless after all. The supportive strategies I had used with him at home and the special attention he received at school were helpful, but his symptoms never improved. Psychological testing had shown he was no longer the happy child he had been. As he lost ground academically, despite scores near the genius level on intelligence tests, he became more and more frustrated. He could not fulfill our expectations or match the achievements of the other children in the family. We knew he had been experimenting with marijuana and we were becoming desperate; we had no idea that was the tip of the iceberg of his substance abuse. Paul Madaule’s book, When Listening Comes Alive, gave me hope that dyslexia was not a life sentence — Daniel might be treated by the Tomatis Method of music stimulation.

Within 10 days of his treatment with the filtered music of the Electronic Ear® invented by Tomatis, Daniel lost all of the symptoms of dyslexic syndrome. Despite my considerable professional expertise in education, including dyslexic syndrome, the changes in Daniel astonished me. “It’s like brain surgery,” Daniel said. He was a new person: calm, happy, confident, able to participate in adult conversations, able to sit and stand erect, to run without stumbling, to speak clearly and expressively, to write clearly, to meet social expectations, to read to himself silently, and suddenly able to grasp concepts like “gravity” that had made no sense to him until the intervention.

The health of the middle and inner ear is essential to normal behaviour. The spectrum of human behaviour, including so-called “mental” illnesses, is generated in the ear.

Most people do not realize that the condition of dyslexic syndrome is encompassing and can lead to much more serious syndromes, such as bipolarity, schizophrenia, and substance abuse. Most people do not realize that dyslexic syndrome often can be treated with high-frequency music. To learn more about both dimensions of dyslexia I invite you to read Daniel’s story of suffering and triumph and my journey towards a remarkable new understanding of human behavior in Listening for the Light, which is available at: http://www.northernlightbooks.ca

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