Perhaps Daniel’s dyslexia was not hopeless after all! 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.

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 showed he was no longer the happy child he had been. Despite scores near the genius level on intelligence tests he was losing ground academically. His frustration was constant. 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. We had no idea marijuana was the tip of his iceberg of substance abuse.

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 professional expertise in educational research, 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.

A week later, Daniel lost his healing and became schizophrenic. The psychiatrists blamed the Tomatis Method. But I had been healed of chronic fatigue syndrome by the same method that had cured Daniel’s dyslexia. It would take me a long time to prove the psychiatrists were mistaken.

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.

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 can be treated with high-frequency music with a high probability of curing it. Dyslexia can be treated with a simpler and less costly method than the Tomatis Method. Daniel’s story of suffering and triumph and my journey towards a new understanding of human behavior are in Listening for the Light, which is available at: http://www.northernlightbooks.ca

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