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The Sound Learning Centre, 12 The Rise, London, N13 5LE, UK, +44 (0)20 8882 1060, Contact us


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About The Sound Learning Centre

We are a privately-run Centre, established in 1994 to provide assessments and sound, light and Neuro-developmental programmes for children and adults in order to improve social, emotional, behavioural or academic performance. We are  renowned the world over for our holistic approach and caring service. We take pride in being friendly and knowledgeable and at our Centre we provide a calm and welcoming atmosphere away from the distress of impersonal and noisy hospitals or clinics.

We are happy to provide initial informal advice by telephone, e-mail or brief interview without charge. During this stage, we can generally establish whether we are likely to be able to help and what next steps we recommend.

At The Sound Learning Centre we take time to look at the difficulties in the context of the client’s entire personal history. Our goal is to give our clients a clear picture, personally explaining our findings in a jargon-free way.

We have been working in the field of learning and sensory difficulties for many years and have extensive experience in the different ways that sound, light, colour and physical exercises can be used to bring the mind-body system back into balance. We have developed a unique mix of effective, non-invasive, ways of treating the whole person and are often able to bring about transformational change where before there was little prospect of improvement.

Our comprehensive range of programmes continues to lead to outstanding success stories which generate word of mouth referrals by clients and professionals. People come to The Sound Learning Centre in London from all over the world and key practitioners at The Centre at times travel to other locations in the U.K. and abroad to attend to groups of clients.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email.

Meet the team

We have a strong core team of dedicated professionals whose primary aim it is to ensure our clients are being looked after in the best possible way and that we achieve positive results whenever possible. Confidentiality and safety is important to us and all our staff undergo Enhanced Disclosure checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) formerly Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

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  • Pauline Allen
    Pauline Allen

    Pauline founded The Sound Learning Centre in 1994. She directs the overall management of the organisation and carries out some assessments. She is an approved trainer of other practitioners.(Member of the International Bérard AIT Society – BAITIS) (Member of the International Light Association – ILA) You can read more about Pauline’s experience and qualifications below.

  • Phil Stickland
    Phil Stickland
    General Manager
    and Company Secretary

    Following a career in engineering Phil developed an interest in learning difficulties over twenty years ago and with Pauline Allen later established The Sound Learning Centre. He now supervises all therapeutic interventions and provides overall management support.(Member of the International Bérard AIT Society – BAITIS, Member of the International Light Association – ILA)

  • Aste Stankute
    Aste Stankute
    and Training Manager

    Astė has a Master’s degree in Psychology. An experienced assessor and therapist Aste is responsible for developing training for new therapists. Performs many assessments and assists clients during therapy sessions. (Graduate Member of The British Psychological Society – BPS
    Member of the International Bérard AIT Society – BAITIS, Member of the International Light Association – ILA

  • Heather Benghiat
    Heather Benghiat
    and Development Manager

    Heather ensures that our administration stays on track, organises external talks, presentations and Outreach programmes whilst looking to the future development of the Centre.

  • Receptionist / Secretary

    The cheerful and efficient face of the office ensuring its smooth day-to-day running.

  • Bookkeeper



    Looks after our accounts and keeps our books up to date.

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Pauline Allen, the principal of The Sound Learning Centre, has completed training and has obtained qualifications at a wide range of professional institutions. She has used this expertise to develop the methods offered by the Centre. Her expertise includes:

Sound Therapies

    • Auditory Integration Training (AIT): Personal one-to-one training in France by Dr. Guy Bérard in assessment and treatment using the Audiokinetron. Qualified to administer audiometric tests, check for sound sensitivity and hearing hyperacuity and to use the Bérard method of AIT. Pauline Allen is one of only a few AIT practitioners in the UK to be trained by Dr. Bérard himself and the only one in the UK authorised to train others in AIT. Dr. Bérard provides on-going consultancy.
    • Johansen Auditory Discrimination Training: Training in assessment and support for using tapes at home with the originator of the programme Dr. Kjeld Johansen, a Danish educationalist.
    • SAMONAS Listening Training (Spectrally Activated Music of Optimal Natural Structure): Training in assessment and support for using CDs at home with the originator of the programme Ingo Steinbeck, a German physicist, sound engineer and musician.
    • Tomatis Centre, Paris: Training in assessment and treatment, using the auditory stimulation methods of Dr. Alfred Tomatis using his ‘Electronic Ear’.
    • The Listening Program: Training in assessment and support for using CDs at home with the originators of the programme Dr. Ron Minson, Joshua Leeds and Alexander Doman, a multi-disciplinary team (psychology, psycho-acoustics and neuro-development).

Light and Colour Therapies

    • Lightwave Stimulation Therapy (also known as Ocular Light Therapy): Certified Practitioner in assessment and treatment of Lightwave Stimulation (LWS), developed by Dr John Downing, using the Lumatron and Photron machines.
    • Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT), formerly known as Brief Strobic Photostimulation: Trained by the originator of the method Dr. Steven Vasquez, USA, using the Lumatron and Photron machines.
    • Colour Therapy: Trained by the originator of the therapy, the late Theo Gimbel, founder of Hygeia College of Colour Therapy.
    • Chromo-Therapy: Trained by the originator of the method Pierre Van Obberghen, Switzerland.

Neuro-developmental Therapies

    • Neuro-Developmental Delay Reflex Inhibition Programme: Trained by Dr. Peter Blythe and Sally Goddard, Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology (INPP).
    • Course for teachers in the use of the INPP School Programme: Trained by Sally Goddard.
    • Course on Bilateral Integration. Trained by Sheila Dobie.
    • HANDLE approach to developmental difficulties – Judith Bluestone, founder. Trained and qualified as a practitioner.
    • EASIE (Exercise And Sound In Education) approach to developmental difficulties: Trained with the developer of the programme Brenda Lloyd. Qualified as an instructor and helped prepare the Programme through the Developmental Practitioners Association (DPA).
    • Trained by the late Steve Clark in screening for developmental learning difficulties.

Other programmes studied to help learning, sensory and communication difficulties

    • Educational-Kinesiology (Brain Gym): Trained by the late Vivian Gill, in the use of Edu-K to enhance learning and sensory integration.
    • Instrumental Enrichment (IE): Trained by the developer Professor Reuven Feuerstein of the International Centre for the Enhancement of Learning Potential. Trained to mediate with children with learning and other difficulties, including the blind.
    • Dynamic Assessment, LPAD (Learning Potential Assessment Device), trained by Professors Carl Hayward and David Tzuriel from The Graduate School of Education and Psychology of Touro College, New York.
    • Facilitated Communication Training (FCT): Trained in use of mechanical and electronic aids for people with severe communication difficulties by founder Rosemary Crossley.
    • Thinking and Communications Tools (TACT): Trained in use of educational model based on Theory of Constraints (TOC) developed by Dr Eli Goldratt.
    • Dyslexia Teacher’s Diploma at the Hampstead Dyslexia Centre (DT (HDC)). Trained by the late Renée Lawton-Browne.
    • Trained in the A.R.R.O.W. Self-Voice method by the developer of the programme Dr. Colin Lane.

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Professional affiliations

To ensure we keep up-to-date with the latest developments in this field, we are active members of the following professional organisations:


    • MGCP – Member of the Guild of Complementary Practitioners (Sound) and Board Member (Sound).


    • BAITIS – Member of the International Bérard AIT Society
    • AIT-PRO – Member of the Auditory Integration Training Professional Resource Organization

Light and Colour

    • MCSO – Member of the College of Syntonic Optometry, USA
    • MNORA – Member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), USA
    • MILA – Member of the International Light Association
    • Member of the Norwegian Light Association


    • MDPA – Member of the Developmental Practitioners Association (Founder member)

Subscribing Memberships

  • BDA – British Dyslexia Association
  • The Dyspraxia Foundation
  • HCSG – The Hyperactive Children’s Support Group
  • NAS – National Autistic Society
  • Autism London
  • SAIT – Society for Auditory Intervention Techniques
  • SMN – The Scientific and Medical Network


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please see the Treatment section of our website

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