While Daniel, as a recovering schizophrenic, did not rely on extraordinary equipment, he used earmuff-style headphones that focus the sound onto the eardrum and shut out distracting ambient sound. Taping over the left earpiece was important during recovery; following recovery he uses headphones with both earpieces that stimulate the middle ear to enhance normal hearing in both ears.
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During his recovery Daniel also coloured mandala patterns designed by Pat Kelley that can be downloaded free (please observe copyright) from her website: http://www.papermandalas.com/
The work of Dr. Susan Rich Sheridan that encourages scribbling in toddlers and combines art activities with language for growing children is especially valuable for children with integration disorders. Susan’s resources for parents, teachers, child caregivers, and others interested in early childhood learning are available at: http://www.marksandmind.org
The resources offered by Tomatis Method and Bérard AIT practitioners are very helpful for people with middle ear problems that cause such conditions as dyslexic syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, and for treating autistic children and supporting their parents.
Sharon Ruben is a Tomatis Method consultant who offers special equipment for ongoing ear stimulation for the autistic child: http://soundtherapysystems.com
My writing expands on aspects of Dr. Alfred Tomatis’s published works. The Tomatis Method and Bérard AIT methods and technologies have been shown to be highly effective for more than 50 years. You can learn about Dr. Alfred Tomatis and the Network of approved Tomatis Method practitioners at the official website: http://www.tomatis.com/index.php?page=methode&lang=2&menu=on
The Bérard Auditory Integration Training method (AIT) information and list of practioners is available at the AIT website: http://www.ait-ipf.org/
Recovery from severe ear-related mental conditions entails adjusting to altered neurology. Some musical techniques for smoothing that period of adjustment may be researched at: http://www.sound-remedies.com. Joshua Leeds also offers a store of CDs, books, and other learning resources for the therapeutic application of music.
The positive and affirming approach to persons with hemispheric integration difficulties, as well as some interesting supportive therapies, can be researched at: http://www.crazydiamond.org.uk/