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Case Studies: 6 Children from 5 Years to 7 Years using The Tomatis® Method to develop learning and academic skills Date: 15 April 2016. Case study submitted at the International Tomatis® Convention 2016 in Paris.

PROFESSIONAL’S DATA Name: Gisela van Velze (Occupational Therapist) Country: South Africa Job: Occupational Therapist.

CLIENT ’ S DATA Clients designation (no fullname): SI, NA, SD, JL, SM, OC. Age: Ranges from 5 years to 7 years Gender: M / F Issue(s) presentation: Most of the children that attend Secunda Christian Academy (SCA) come from previously disadvantage homes. As a result at home the focus is not always on development. Stimulation in terms of perceptual skills and scholastic abilities are often compromised. The children are often ill-prepared for the demands of school. In general the children in SCA perform well in the lower grades but start to fail from grade 4 onwards because of their unstable developmental foundation. The children struggle to cope with the demands of the higher grades and find it challenging to work independently.

HISTORY (MEDICAL HISTORY, ETC.) All the children that participated in the Tomatis® program were well nourished and in good health. No history of developmental delays, existing emotional problems or any other medical conditions were reported. None of the children have received any form of Occupational therapy or Sound therapy prior to the program

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Selected Tomatis ® protocol and programs The 6 children listened to the F program for 13 days, after a break of six weeks they listened to the E1B program. Tomatis ® session goal(s) To ensure the children are better prepared for the demands of school despite none of them indicating any sign of developmental delays. To ensure that their developmental foundational skills are more stable in order to prevent school challenges at a later stage. Observations: The children that participated in the Tomatis® program were overall less emotional, more motivated, more mature and less dependent on the teachers than before the Tomatis® intervention.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND TEST SCORES

See bellow

COMMENTS Relatives: SI’s mother; “She pronounce her words better, she makes less silly word order mistakes.” NA’s mother; “She is more social, more bubbly, before I had to prompt her on how her day was at school, now she tells me out of her own. “ SD’s mother; “He forgets less. He does not leave his school clothes at school anymore, it takes less time for him to do his homework. He remembers what he learns better.” SM’s father; “It feels like she has grown up. She is more mature, does not cry over small things anymore.”

ProfessionalsSCA Headmistress; “We as a SCA were very privileged to expose the children to the Tomatis® program. Learners’ that had smaller developmental challenges, concentration definitely showed an improvement. It was also clearly evident that their balance improved a great deal.”

OTHER IMPORTANT OBSERVATIONS The Children are more focused more relaxed and less anxious then before the Tomatis® intervention.

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The only child, JL that did not show an improvement in his motor planning abilities is showing severe emotional challenges at school. The teachers and headmistress are extremely worried about him as he unmotivated to participate and lacks endurance. A full evaluation was recommended to establish the reason for his avoidance behaviour and lack of participation.

APPENDIX OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TEST SCORES

1 1.1 • • • • •

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY EVALUATION TESTS USED

Developmental Test for Visual Perception 2nd edition Clinical Observation Test Test of Visual Perception Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Visual Motor Integration Test 5th edition

1.2

TEST RESULTS

Name of child:

SI

Date of birth:

30-11-2010

Chronological age:

5 years and 03 months

School:

Secunda Christian Academy, grade 0

Standards scores are given and they can be interpreted as follows: • • • •

Definite dysfunction: standard score of – 1.0 to – 3.0; Mild dysfunction: standard score of – 0.9 to – 0.4; Typical functioning: standard score of – 0.3 to + 0.3; Above average functioning: standard score of + 1.0 to + 2.0.

1st Evaluation

Balance

2nd Evaluation

6

Steps with eyes open

15

Steps with eyes open

1

Steps with eyes closed

2

Steps with eyes closed

Definite dysfunction

Typical function with eyes open,

Age expectations: 15 steps

Definite dysfunction with eyes closed.

-1.5

+0.3

Definite dysfunction

Typical function

Tactile

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-0.3

+0.9

Mild dysfunction

Above average functioning

+0.1

+1.5

Typical function

Very high functioning

-0.3

+0.3

Mild dysfunction

Typical Function

Age level: 4 years 04 months

Age level: 5 years 07 months

+0.6

+0.6

High functioning

High functioning

Age level: 6 years 00 months

Age level: 6 years 03 months

5 years 06 months

6 years 02 months

High functioning

Above average functioning

-2.1

-0.6

Definite dysfunction

Mild dysfunction

Age level: <4 years 00 months

Age level: 4 years 07 months

Bilateral integration

Postural Praxis

Eye hand coordination

Copying

Visual Motor integration

Visual Memory

Name of child:

NA

Date of birth:

01-07-2009

Chronological age:

6 years and 09 months

School:

Secunda Christian Academy, grade 1

Standards scores are given and they can be interpreted as follows: • • • •

Definite dysfunction: standard score of – 1.0 to – 3.0; Mild dysfunction: standard score of – 0.9 to – 0.4; Typical functioning: standard score of – 0.3 to + 0.3; Above average functioning: standard score of + 1.0 to + 2.0.

1st Evaluation

2nd Evaluation

0

Steps with eyes open

8

Steps with eyes open

0

Steps with eyes closed

8

Steps with eyes closed

Balance Definite dysfunction Copyrights : Tomatis Developpement S.A - 2016

Mild dysfunction


Age expectations: 15 steps

Age expectations: 15 steps

-0.6

+0.5

Mild dysfunction

High functioning

-1.3

-0.5

Definite dysfunction

Mild dysfunction

+0.4

+0.7

High functioning

Above average functioning

+0.0

+0.9

Typical function

Above average functioning

Age level: 6 years 00 months

Age level: 9 years 02 month

+0.6

+0.6

High functioning

High functioning

Age level: 7 years 05 months

Age level: 8 years 01 months

5 years 02 months

6 years 06 months

Mild dysfunction

Typical function

+0.0

+0.9

Typical function

Above average functioning

Age level: 6 years 02 months

Age level: 8 years 02 months

Tactile perception

Bilateral integration

Postural Praxis

Eye hand coordination

Copying

Visual Motor integration

Visual Memory

Name of child:

SD

Date of birth:

06-11-2008

Chronological age:

7 years and 04 months

School:

Secunda Christian Academy, grade 2

Standards scores are given and they can be interpreted as follows: • • • •

Definite dysfunction: standard score of – 1.0 to – 3.0; Mild dysfunction: standard score of – 0.9 to – 0.4; Typical functioning: standard score of – 0.3 to + 0.3; Above average functioning: standard score of + 1.0 to + 2.0.

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1st Evaluation

Balance

2nd Evaluation

15

Steps with eyes open

15

Steps with eyes open

8

Steps with eyes closed

8

Steps with eyes closed

Typical function Age expectations: 15 steps

Typical function Age expectations: 15 steps

-0.5

+0.6

Mild dysfunction

High functioning

+0.4

+1.1

Typical function

High functioning

+0.6

+2.0

High functioning

Very high functioning

-1.8

-0.6

Definite dysfunction

Mild dysfunction

Age level: 4 years 02 months

Age level: 6 years 01 month

+0.3

+0.6

Typical function

High functioning

Age level: 8 years 01 months

Age level: 8 years 07 months

5 years 06 months

8 years 01 month

Definite dysfunction

High functioning

-0.3

+0.6

Typical function

High functioning

Age level: 6 years 02 months

Age level: 8 years 02 months

Tactile perception

Bilateral integration

Motor Planning

Eye hand coordination

Copying

Visual Motor integration

Visual Memory

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Name of child:

JL

Date of birth:

22-11-2008

Chronological age:

7 years and 04 months

School:

Secunda Christian Academy, grade 2

Standards scores are given and they can be interpreted as follows: • • • •

Definite dysfunction: standard score of – 1.0 to – 3.0; Mild dysfunction: standard score of – 0.9 to – 0.4; Typical functioning: standard score of – 0.3 to + 0.3; Above average functioning: standard score of + 1.0 to + 2.0.

1st Evaluation

Balance

2nd Evaluation

5

Steps with eyes open

15

Steps with eyes open

1

Steps with eyes closed

3

Steps with eyes closed

Definite dysfunction

Typical function with eyes open,

Age expectations: 15 steps

Definite dysfunction with eyes closed.

+0.6

+1.4

High functioning

Very high functioning

-0.5

+0.0

Mild dysfunction

Typical function

-0.5

-1.4

Mild dysfunction

Definite dysfunction

-1.2

+0.3

Definite dysfunction

Typical Function

Age level: 5 years 02 months

Age level: 8 years 01 month

-0.6

-0.3

Mild dysfunction

Typical Function

Age level: 6 years 00 months

Age level: 6 years 09 months

5 years 02 months

6 years 02 months

Tactile perception

Bilateral integration

Motor Planning

Eye hand coordination

Copying

Visual Motor integration

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Visual Memory

Definite dysfunction

Definite dysfunction

+0.3

+0.9

Typical function

Above average functioning

Age level: 7 years 06 months

Age level: 8 years 11 months

Name of child: SM Date of birth:

09-10-2010

Chronological age:

5 years and 05 months

School:

Secunda Christian Academy, grade 0

Standards scores are given and they can be interpreted as follows: • • • •

Definite dysfunction: standard score of – 1.0 to – 3.0; Mild dysfunction: standard score of – 0.9 to – 0.4; Typical functioning: standard score of – 0.3 to + 0.3; Above average functioning: standard score of + 1.0 to + 2.0.

1st Evaluation

Balance

2nd Evaluation

3

Steps with eyes open

13

Steps with eyes open

1

Step with eyes closed

10

Steps with eyes closed

Definite dysfunction

Typical Function

Age expectations: 15 steps

Age expectations: 15 steps

+0.6

+0.9

High functioning

Above average functioning

-0.4

+0.2

Mild dysfunction

Typical function

+1.9

+2.0

Very high functioning

Very high functioning

-0.3

+0.3

Typical function

Typical function

Age level: 4 years 05 months

Age level: 6 years 00 months

Tactile

Bilateral integration

Postural Praxis

Eye hand coordination

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+0.3

+0.9

Typical functioning

Above average functioning

Age level: 6 years 00 months

Age level: 6 years 11 months

5 years 10 months

7 years 00 months

High functioning

Very high functioning

-2.4

+1.2

Definite Dysfunction

Very high functioning

Age level: 4 years 00 months

Age level:7 years 06 months

Copying

Visual Motor integration

Visual Memory

Name of child: OC Date of birth:

09-03-2010

Chronological age:

6 years and 00 month

School:

Secunda Christian Academy, grade 0

Standards scores are given and they can be interpreted as follows: • • • •

Definite dysfunction: standard score of – 1.0 to – 3.0; Mild dysfunction: standard score of – 0.9 to – 0.4; Typical functioning: standard score of – 0.3 to + 0.3; Above average functioning: standard score of + 1.0 to + 2.0.

1st Evaluation

Balance

2nd Evaluation

10

Steps with eyes open

13

Steps with eyes open

3

Steps with eyes closed

9

Steps with eyes closed

Mild dysfunction

Typical function

Age expectations: 15 steps

Age expectations: 15 steps

-1.2

+0.6

Definite dysfunction

High functioning

-0.2

+0.3

Typical function

Typical function

-0.5

-0.3

Mild dysfunction

Typical function

Tactile

Bilateral integration

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+0.0

+0.0

Typical function

Typical function

Age level: 5 years 07 months

Age level: 6 years 00 months

+0.3

+0.3

Typical function

Typical function

Age level: 6 years 09months

Age level: 6 years 09 months

4 years 10 month

6 years 02 months

Definite dysfunction

Typical function

+0.3

+0.9

Typical function

Above average functioning

Age level: 6 years 02months

7 years 06 months

Eye hand coordination

Copying

Visual Motor integration

Visual Memory

Terminology Balance reactions and vestibular processing The vestibular system is responsible for feedback of movement (which direction) and gravity (am I upright). It can influence postural control as well as balance reactions. It plays an important role in the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awareness of his/her body in space as well as the ability to stabilize the eyes.

Tactile Perception Sensory discrimination is the awareness of where the child has been touched as well as the ability to discriminate between different tactile sensations. Sensory modulation refers to the ability to regulate, organize and prioritize sensory information so that the child can focus on relevant and important information and to ignore irrelevant information.

Bilateral Integration Bilateral coordination is the ability to use both sides of the body in a coordinated manner. It indicates how good the two halves of the brain can communicate with each other. It plays an important role in reading and spelling.

Motor planning (Praxis) This is the ability to plan a movement pattern, to execute the movement pattern correctly and to receive feedback re quality of movement pattern. Insufficient motor planning abilities can influence speed of work as well as the ability to be organized.

Visual perception It is the brainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to interpret information that the child has seen with the eyes.

Eye hand coordination Refers to the ability to manipulate the pencil with the sufficient control. Copyrights : Tomatis Developpement S.A - 2016


Copying The ability to reproduce a drawing. This skill is important when learning to write letters, to plan how to write a number or letter on a line.

Visual motor integration This is the integration of a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perceptual as well as sensory-motor skills.

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