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Sounding Out

News and Information from The Sound Learning Centre

We are delighted to announce The Sound Learning Centre’s next SenseAbility course for parents, teachers  and health or education professionals will be on Saturday 27 January 2018.

This popular course gives a comprehensive introduction on the role of the senses and movement in a child’s development and practical knowledge on how educational problems can be combated.

“Great day! Would be a great course for many professionals.”

“Your course was very interesting and informative and you did a great job delivering it.”

“Spread, spread, spread, information about this work…”

Information and Registration

What Do Autistic People Want From Science?

The number one item is for more attention to be given to ‘sensory issues and sensory arousal’ according to science and health writer Emily Willingham in her article, ‘What Do Autistic People Want From Science?‘.

It is common for people with autistic spectrum difficulties to be oversensitive to sound. The Sound Learning Centre’s experience over 23 years of delivering Auditory Integration Training (AIT) supports the idea that improving a person’s auditory profile through sound therapy can make a tremendous difference to social, emotional, behavioural and academic performance, not only for those with diagnosed with autism but for many other people with labels such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD.

mk-send-information-day-flier

MK SEND Information Day

We have been invited to present two workshops at the MK SEND Information Day at The Ridgeway Centre, Featherstone Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK14 5TH on Saturday 4th February 2017.

The workshops will help participants understand the importance of efficient sensory systems, their influence on our physical and emotional well-being, as well as development of speech and language and educational achievement. The event is organised by the Milton Keynes SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SEND IAS), (formerly Milton Keynes Parent Partnership Service). Attendance is free but places at the workshops and creche are limited and require registration.

We will also be available during the day to offer further information and answer questions about our work and the therapies we offer to help improve performance of under-achieving children and adults.

We look forward to meeting you.

We are delighted that once again we have been invited to the Isle of Man to provide an Outreach Programme sponsored by Manx Mencap.  We provide assessments, sound and light therapies to help children and adults with learning and sensory difficulties improve performance.

We will be based at Centre 21 in Douglas from the 24 July 2017, for approximately two-three weeks.

In advance of the Outreach Programme, we will be visiting the Isle of Man in from 16-21 May 2017 to provide assessments for members of the Outreach Group. These assessments will also take place at Centre 21.

If you live on the Isle of Man and you are interested in this programme, or know someone else who might benefit, please get in touch as we still have some places available.

If you would like to know more about our therapies, the Outreach Group or would like a consultation during our visit, please contact Heather Benghiat at The Sound Learning Centre:

  • by telephone +44 (0)20 8882 1060
  • by e-mail at info@thesoundlearningcentre.co.uk
  • use our Contact Page

The International Light Association (ILA) 2017 annual conference will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A. between April 30th – May 3rd, 2017. The conference is open to members and non-members. ILA Membership attracts many benefits including a significant reduction in cost of conference registration.

ILA Conference 2017

The International Light Association (ILA) is a collaborative group of light and colour therapy practitioners, health professionals, scientists, educators, product manufacturers, artists, architects, interior designers and philosophers who are passionate about learning and applying the latest theories, techniques and technologies regarding how light and colour can promote health, enhance performance and learning.

New members are always welcome to share and disseminate information, educate, initiate and promote research, and create an open-hearted, broad-minded and integrative community in the field of Light. Several classes of membership are available.

Why not visit the International Light Association (ILA) website, attend a conference or even better become a member of the ILA.

 

Dear Friends,

As another year comes toward it’s end may we take this opportunity to offer our warmest wishes and Season’s Greetings to all our clients, friends and supporters and to wish you a peaceful, healthy, happy and successful New Year.

Pauline, Phil and all the team.

The Sound Learning Centre

Please click the link to view our Seasons Greetings and News

We are delighted that once again we have been invited this year to provide our therapies for another Mencap Outreach Programme. We will be based at Centre 21 in Douglas from w/c 25 July 2016 for approximately three and a half weeks.

The Founder of our Centre, Pauline Allen, was interviewed on 3 February 2016 by Beth Espey of Manx Radio for Women Today Programme.

Pauline discussed the work that we do at The Sound Learning Centre, which includes providing assessments and sound and light therapies suitable for individuals with learning and sensory difficulties.

In advance of the Outreach Programme, Pauline will be visiting the Isle of Man in April 2016 for approximately one week to provide assessments for members of the Outreach Group.

If you live on the Isle of Man and you are interested, please get in touch – we may have one or two places still available.

If you would like to know more about our therapies, the Outreach Group or if you would like a consultation with Pauline during her visit, please contact Heather Benghiat at The Sound Learning Centre:

  • by telephone 0208 882 1060,
  • by e-mail at info@thesoundlearningcentre.co.uk
  • use our Contact Page
  • or visit other pages of our website for further information.

As we approach the end of another year may we take this opportunity of wishing all our clients, friends and supporters Season’s Greetings and also a happy, healthy and successful Year during 2016

Please click the link to view our ECard

 

 

THE 13th ILA CONFERENCE

in VIENNA, AUSTRIA

March 20-23, 2016

Complete information here

With its remarkably convivial atmosphere, the ILA 2016 Conference is a unique forum to meet and share with the world’s most dynamic light therapists, and to learn about how light can profoundly enhance our health and wellness.

 

The ILA is a sponsor of UNESCO’s

International Year of Light 2015

 

21st
April
2015

How the brain reads music: the evidence for musical dyslexia

Jennifer Mishra, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Music education in the western world often emphasizes musical literacy, the ability to read musical notation fluently. But this is not always an easy task – even for professional musicians. Which raises the question: Is there such a thing as musical dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning disability that occurs when the brain is unable to process written words, even when the person has had proper training in reading. Researchers debate the underlying causes and treatments, but the predominant theory is that people with dyslexia have a problem with phonological processing – the ability to see a symbol (a letter or a phoneme) and relate it to speech sounds. Dyslexia is difficult to diagnose, but it is thought to occur in up to 10% of the population.

In 2000, Neil Gordon, a retired pediatric neurologist, proposed the idea of musical dyslexia (dysmusia), based on growing evidence that the areas of the brain involved in reading music and text differed.

The idea that dyslexia could affect the reading of non-language symbols is not new. For instance, dyscalculia is the difficulty reading and understanding mathematical symbols. Recent research supports dyslexia and dyscalculia as separate conditions with unique causes (dyscalculia is thought to be caused by a deficit in spatial processing in the parietal lobe). If the brain processes words and mathematical symbols differently, why not musical symbols too?

Reading music is a whole brain activity.
Flutist via www.shutterstock.com.

Music’s written system

Western music, like language, has a highly evolved coding system. This allows it to be written down and transmitted from composer to performer. But music, unlike language, uses a spatial arrangement for pitch. The page is divided into staffs of five lines each. Basically, the higher a symbol is placed on the staff, the higher the pitch.

Unlike letters in text, pitches can be stacked, indicating simultaneous performance (chords). Music also uses a system of symbols to indicate how pitches should be played. Symbols can indicate duration (rhythm), volume (dynamics) and other performance cues. Music also utilizes written words to indicate both the expressive features of the music and the lyrics in vocal music. Lyrics may be in languages not spoken by the performer.

Due to differences in the physical features of the written systems, it makes sense that the brain would read music and text differently. This appears to be the case – at least to some extent.

Reading music and reading text use different systems in the brain.
Violin and books via www.shutterstock.com.

Text and music reading in the brain

In the brain, reading music is a widespread, multi-modal activity, meaning that many different areas of the brain are involved at the same time. It includes motor, visual, auditory, audiovisual, somatosensory, parietal and frontal areas in both hemispheres and the cerebellum – making music reading truly a whole brain activity. With training, the neural network strengthens. Even reading a single pitch activates this widespread network in musicians. While text and music reading share some networks, they are largely independent. The pattern of activation for reading musical symbols and letters is different across the brain.

Composer Maurice Ravel.
Bibliothèque nationale de France via Wikimedia Commons

Brain damage, especially if it is widespread, as was the case with the composer Maurice Ravel, (perhaps best known for Boléro), will likely impair both text and music reading abilities. Ravel had a form of frontotemporal lobe dementia.

However, there have been cases where a more limited brain injury impaired reading of one coding system and spared the other.

Ian McDonald, a neurologist and amateur pianist, documented the loss and recovery of his own ability to read music after a stroke, though his ability to read text was unaffected. Oliver Sacks described the case of a professional pianist who, through a degenerative brain disease (Posterior Cortical Atrophy), first lost her ability to read music while retaining her text reading for many years. In another case, showing the opposite pattern, a musician lost his ability to read text, but retained his ability to read music.

Cases where music and language seem to be differently affected by brain damage have fascinated researchers for centuries. The earliest reported case of someone who was unable to speak, but retained his ability to sing, was in the 1745 article, On a Mute who Can Sing.

More recently, the Russian composer, Vissarion Shebalin, lost his language abilities after a severe stroke, but retained his ability to compose. Maintaining the ability to sing in the absence of language has led to the creation of a therapeutic treatment called Melodic Intonation Therapy that essentially replaces speech with song. This allows the patient to communicate verbally. These cases and many others demonstrate that music and language are to some extent separate neurological processes.

Differences in reading ability can occur even within musical notation. Cases have been reported where musicians have lost their ability to read pitch, but retained their ability to read rhythm, and vice versa. fMRI studies have confirmed that the brain processes pitch (spatial information) and rhythm (symbol recognition) differently.

Musical dyslexia

The research starts to imply how a specifically musical dyslexia could occur. This deficit may be centered on pitch or musical symbols or both. No conclusive case of musical dyslexia has yet been reported (though Hébert and colleagues have come close) and efforts to determine the effects of dyslexia on reading musical notation have been inconclusive.

Children in western cultures are taught to read text, but not always taught to read music. Even when they are, inabilities to read music are not generally treated as a serious concern. Many gifted musicians are able to function at a professional level purely learning music by ear. Among musicians, there is a wide range of music reading proficiencies. This is especially apparent with sight reading (the first performance of a notated piece). Identifying musical dyslexia could help explain why some musicians read well and others don’t.

The Conversation

This article was originally published on The Conversation.
Read the original article.

1st
April
2015

Isle of Man Outreach Programme w/c 27 July 2015

We are delighted that once again we have been invited this year to provide our therapies for another Mencap Outreach Programme. We will be based at Centre 21 in Douglas from w/c 27 July 2015 for approximately three and a half weeks.

In advance of the Outreach Programme, Pauline will be visiting the Isle of Man in April 2015 for approximately one week to provide assessments for members of the Outreach Group.

If you would like to know more about our therapies, the Outreach Group or if you would like a consultation with Pauline during her visit, please contact Heather Benghiat at The Sound Learning Centre on telephone 0208 882 1060, by e-mail at info@thesoundlearningcentre.co.uk or visit other pages of our website for further information.

10th
February
2015

International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015)-Opening Ceremony Report

As representatives of The International Light Association (ILA), Pauline Allen and Phil Stickland were delighted to have been able to attend the opening ceremony of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015), held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, on 19 and 20 January 2015.

It was a stimulating two days of lectures by world leading authorities including five Nobel Prize laureates. Phil has produced an  iyl-opening-ceremony-report with links to the programme, videos of many of the lectures and other background that might be of interest.

16th
January
2015

International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015)

In 2013 at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015) to recognise the importance of light-based technologies in meeting the needs of humankind.

The official launch will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 19 and 20 January 2015.

Many organisations are sponsors of this project, including the International Light Association (ILA) and Pauline Allen is attending the meeting as the official ILA representative to promote the therapeutic use of light.

The programme for the opening event promises many memorable sessions and there will be a large number of events scheduled throughout the world during 2015 to raise awareness about the importance of light and optical technologies in our lives, our futures, and for the development of society.

16th
January
2015

The International Light Association (ILA) 2015 Conference

The International Light Association (ILA) 2015 annual conference will be held in Tallinn, Estonia between 30th April and 3rd May 2015. The conference is open to members and non-members.

ILA Conference 2015

ILA Membership attracts many benefits including a significant reduction in cost of conference registration.

The International Light Association is a collaborative group of light and colour therapy practitioners, health professionals, scientists, educators, product manufacturers, artists, architects, interior designers and philosophers who are passionate about learning and applying the latest theories, techniques and technologies regarding how light and colour can promote health, enhance performance and learning.

Why not visit the International Light Association (ILA) website, attend a conference or even better become a member of the ILA.

New members are always welcome to share and disseminate information, educate, initiate and promote research, and create an open-hearted, broad-minded and integrative community in the field of Light. Several classes of membership are available.

16th
January
2015

INTERNATIONAL AUDITORY INTEGRATION TRAINING CONFERENCE: TRIBUTE TO DR GUY BÉRARD 1916 – 2014

A conference in tribute to the work of Dr Guy Bérard, developer of Auditory Integration Training (AIT) will be held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel on 21 – 22 March 2015.

The conference would be of interest to: AIT Practitioners as well as Medical Professionals, Speech-Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, SENCO’s, Specialist Nurses and parents of children with a range of difficulties.

Visit the conference website for more information or to make a booking.

18th
June
2014

It changes people lives

‘It changes people lives’ – Sound Learning Centre founders in Palmers Green still passionate after 20 years‘ an article published in the Enfield Independent Tuesday 17th June 2014 recording the 20th anniversary of The Sound Learning Centre.

16th
June
2014

Dr Guy Bérard Has Died At The Age Of 98

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you all of the passing of Dr Guy Bérard at his home in Annecy, France. He was 98.

The father of the Bérard method of Auditory Integration Training, he was a mentor & dear friend.

Dr Bérard’s AIT method is used all around the world and has been found to have great effects, changing so many people’s lives for the better.

His legacy of will continue through all those trained in his technique and the many thousands of children and adults from all corners of the world who have received AIT from the therapist trained in his method.

All at the Sound Learning Centre extend our condolences to Mrs. Bérard and her family.

May he rest in peace.

13th
May
2014

The International Light Association (ILA) 2014 Conference – Haifa

The 11th  Annual Conference of the International Light Association (ILA) entitled “Life and Light Cycles” will be held in Haifa, Israel between 17-22 September 2014.

The conference is open to members and non-members and ILA Membership attracts many benefits including a significant reduction in cost of conference registration.

The 2nd International Light Day(ILD) will also be celebrated on 22 September 2014.

The International Light Association is a collaborative group of light and colour therapy practitioners, health professionals, scientists, educators, product manufacturers, artists, architects, interior designers and philosophers who are passionate about learning and applying the latest theories, techniques and technologies regarding how light and colour can promote health, enhance performance and learning.

Why not visit the International Light Association (ILA) website, attend the conference or even better become a member of the ILA.

New members are always welcome to share and disseminate information, educate, initiate and promote research, and create an open-hearted, broad-minded and integrative community in the field of Light. Several classes of membership are available.

10th
April
2014

‘How Sound and Light Therapy Can Change Lives’.

During our 2013 Outreach programme at the Kuwait Dream Centre, Pauline Allen was interviewed by Shiny Frank for the Indian Website, Way4Indians, which recently published the article ‘How Sound and Light Therapy Can Change Lives‘.

20th
January
2014

Bérard International Day 2014

Bérard International Day

Today is the 3rd Bérard International  Day. It is also the great man’s 98th birthday.
Please join us in wishing Dr Bérard a very Happy Birthday and share this link below on your Facebook wall or page.

A pioneer in his field, Dr. Guy Bérard has helped thousands of people around the world. Auditory Integration Training (AIT), an auditory retraining programme, has been the crowning achievement of his life and has helped many people to dramatically improve their lives.

So with many thanks, we take this opportunity to say:
Bon Anniversaire!

24th
August
2013

Outreach Programme – Isle of Man 2013

For the fourth time in five years Manx Mencap have invited us to provide an Outreach Programme at Centre 21 in Douglas, Isle of Man.  As well as hosting us they have also funded a large number of participants. We would like to thank Manx Mencap for their support and to those very special people who have helped us put this Outreach program together.

During our visit as well as performing assessments and treatments Pauline and Phil also gave a talk for local professionals hosted by the Children’s Centre.

14th
July
2013

Outreach Programme at the Baity Center, Egypt

The Sound Learning Centre recently completed an Outreach Programme at the Baity Montessori Center in Cairo, Egypt, where we provided AIT, LWS as well as Neuro Developmental Assessments & Programmes. This was a long time in the planning but all the hard work put in by everyone is finally showing how worthwhile it was as we have already received positive feedback from a number of people.
 
We also delivered our SenseAbility course to a group of dedicated professionals from the Baity Center who will use the programmes with the children they work with in their centre. We look forward to tracking progress.
 
We are extremely grateful to our hosts at the Baity Center for welcoming us during a turbulent period in Egypt’s history and offering the facilities of their centre to enable the Outreach programme to happen.

27th
May
2013

The International Light Association (ILA) 2013 Conference

The International Light Association (ILA) 2013 annual conference will be held in Antwerp, Belgium between 20th to 25th of September 2013. The conference is open to members and non-members.

ILA Conference 2013

ILA Membership attracts many benefits including a significant reduction in cost of conference registration.

The International Light Association is a collaborative group of light and colour therapy practitioners, health professionals, scientists, educators, product manufacturers, artists, architects, interior designers and philosophers who are passionate about learning and applying the latest theories, techniques and technologies regarding how light and colour can promote health, enhance performance and learning.

Why not visit the International Light Association (ILA) website, attend a conference or even better become a member of the ILA.

New members are always welcome to share and disseminate information, educate, initiate and promote research, and create an open-hearted, broad-minded and integrative community in the field of Light. Several classes of membership are available.

20th
January
2013

Bérard International Day

Bérard International Day

Today is the 2nd International Bérard Day. It is also the great man’s 97th birthday.

Please join us in wishing Dr Bérard a very Happy Birthday and share this link below on your Facebook wall or page.

A pioneer in his field, Dr. Guy Bérard has helped thousands of people around the world. Auditory Integration Training (AIT), an auditory retraining programme, has been the crowning achievement of his life and has helped many people to dramatically improve their lives.

So with many thanks, we take this opportunity to say:

Bon Anniversaire!
Press Release


5th
December
2012

SenseAbility: Future Dates To Be Announced Shortly

Our last SenseAbility course for parents and carers was extremely well received. This course gives a comprehensive introduction on the role of the senses and movement in a child’s development and practical knowledge on how educational problems can be combated. Dates for future courses will be announced shortly.

Information and Registration

5th
September
2012

Hearing Equals Behavior – now available as an e-book

Dr. Guy Berard’s book about Auditory Integration Training (AIT) Hearing Equals Behavior: Updated and Expanded


is now available for international sale as an e-book on Amazon (Kindle), Barnes Noble (Nook), and Apple (Ipad). It will also soon be distributed to Sony and Kobo.

14th
August
2012

International Light Association (ILA) Annual Conference

The International Light Association (ILA) 2012 annual conference will be held in Berlin between 14th – 18th October, 2012. The conference is open to members and non-members.

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ILA Membership attracts many benefits including a significant reduction in cost of conference registration.

The International Light Association is a collaborative group of light and colour therapy practitioners, health professionals, scientists, educators, product manufacturers, artists, architects, interior designers and philosophers who are passionate about learning and applying the latest theories, techniques and technologies regarding how light and colour can promote health, enhance performance and learning.

New members are always welcome to share and disseminate information, educate, initiate and promote research, and create an open-hearted, broad-minded and integrative community in the field of Light. Several classes of membership are available.

SenseAbility – 2 Day Workshop: Monday 25 June – 26 June 2012

The Sound Learning Centre’s SenseAbility course for parents and carers are held regularly throughout the year.
We are running a two day version of this popular course, in June, which gives a comprehensive introduction on the role of the senses and movement in a child’s development and practical knowledge on how educational problems can be combated.

Some of the recent feedback comments include:

“Great day! Would be a great course for many professionals.”

“Your course was very interesting and informative and you did a great job delivering it.”

The most productive sessions were: “Learning about the senses and how they affect people.”

“Use the course for education professionals and health visitors who interact with new parents.”

“Thoroughly enjoyable day.”

“Spread, spread, spread, information about this work…”

    Our next SenseAbility course is over the two days:

    Monday 25 June to Tuesday 26 June 2012.

You can register here.The cost is £300.

For more information, further course dates, or to book a place, please telephone us on 020 8882 1060, or apply on-line.

For more information and Registration


World Autism Awareness Day

Initiated by the United Nations, the 2nd April is annually observed as World Autism Awareness Day in an effort to draw attention to Autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions around the globe. It is intended to spur global action to combat the discrimination, abuse and isolation that people with the disorder and their loved ones face.

“Autism is not limited to a single region or a country; it is a worldwide challenge that requires global action”. “People with autism are equal citizens who should enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms.” says the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his 2012 message for the day.

There is a whole range of people on what is known as the autism spectrum (more…)

The Developmental Practitioners Asociation (DPA) General Meeting will take place:

on 21 April 2012

at The Sound Learning Centre, 12 The Rise, London. N13 5LE

(more…)

We recently emailed our Winter 2012 Newsletter to our clients, we hope you found it interesting and informative.

For those that have not received a copy it is available for download from our website: Newsletter Issue 4 Winter 2012

Please let us know if you have any questions or areas of sensory difficulty you would like us to focus on – we value your feedback!

N.B. If you did not receive a copy because you have changed you email address please let us know. We would be pleased to update our information.

Dr. Guy Bérard - Developer of Auditory Integration Training (AIT)

Dr. Guy Bérard Developer of Auditory Integration Training (AIT)

Bon Anniversaire Dr. Bérard

All at The Sound Learning Centre together with AIT practitioners around the world take this opportunity to wish Dr. Bérard a very Happy 96th Birthday!

Through his development of Auditory Integration Training (AIT) he has helped improve the lives of so many people. (more…)

We are delighted to announce the publication of the updated and expanded edition of Dr Bérard’s long out of print classic book about Auditory Integration Training (AIT).

It includes much additional information including contributions by The Sound Learning Centre.

Now available as:

Hearing Equals Behavior: Updated and Expanded
by Guy Bérard, M.D., and Sally Brockett, M.S.

Sensory processing issues frequently lie behind the diagnosis and labels associated with learning difficulties.

Hearing anomalies are often an unrecognised, underlying problem in those with poor language, limited attention, dyslexia, dyspraxia and other learning or behavioural challenges. Through a detailed explanation of Dr. Bérard’s clinical work, presentation of study data, and case histories, this updated and expanded edition presents a comprehensive report on Bérard Auditory Integration Training (AIT), a re-training programme that enhances these skills and abilities for many people.

Pauline gave a well attended one day sensory systems workshop under the title‘Activating Your Senses – A dynamic exploration of the world of sensory difficulties’. She shared her experiences and discoveries with many ‘light workers’ and pioneers in the field of light therapy at the International Light Association, 8th Annual Meeting and Conference. The workshop introduced the five direct senses with particular emphasis on the auditory system. It also explored the importance of the vestibular and proprioceptive systems. (more…)

Pauline and Phil visited the Greek Island of Kea in May 2011 and delivered a well received 5 day sensory systems workshop ‘How the Senses Inform Learning in Individuals – Understanding the impact of under performing sensory systems on development’ that focussed on the importance of the sensory systems in people’s performance and how these systems are involved in child development.

It provided valuable background knowledge to help understand how the senses are implicated in learning, sensory, behavioural and emotional difficulties. It explored the five senses, the vestibular system, proprioception, laterality and reflexes. There were opportunities to learn about evaluating movement, balance, co-ordination, speech and behaviour to better understand individuals with sensory difficulties.

The workshop provided valuable information that participants could put into practice immediately.

In June 2009 The Sound Learning Centre were privileged to be invited to one of the FARA children’s homes in Bucharest to give assessments and treatments for Auditory Integration Training (AIT) and Lightwave Stimulation (LWS) to a group of young adults. This group had only very recently been relocated from state institutions into FARA’s care.

After 10 days of sound and light therapy it was heart-warming to see the changes developing in all members of the group. These changes manifested in a variety of ways, including better eye contact, more vocalisation, improved posture and greater self confidence. One of the group, Gabriela who had never spoken a word or even uttered a sound has now started to speak some words. Overall, individuals were better able to focus and concentrate, so much so, that they were able to participate actively in a practical skills workshop in candle making with Pauline and Phil, which demonstrated their improved ability to listen and learn, and emulate skills.

You can read more about Gabriela, one of the young people we treated, in the FARA Newsletter, simply scroll down to page 4 to the heading ‘FARA CHANGES LIVES…’ ‘Gabriela, formerly mute, is now
able to talk….’

At the end of the Outreach programme Pauline delivered the SenseAbility course to a number of FARA staff in Romania as well as responding to an invitation to give a talk at the Bioresonance Conference at the Faculty of Biology in Bucharest.

We are delighted to say that all of the young people have continued to make progress since our visit and we remain in contact via telephone and webcam. We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to all the incredibly dedicated staff of FARA, both in the UK and in Romania for such a warm welcome and for all their time and assistance during our visit.

For further details about this UK based charity, please visit the FARA website.

 

ABC Radio (the Australian equivalent of the BBC) has a programme called The Health Report. In December 2008 the programme focused on children with speech & language problems. The programme is called Gap Kids, referring to children who ‘fall through the gap’ between different educational services.

From our experience this problem is common in the UK as well. The Sound Learning Centre has the treatments that can help children with speech and language problems through Sound Therapy.

If you fear your child is a Gap Kid, then please contact us for helpful friendly advice.

On Wednesday 11 March 2009 Pauline Allen gave a talk about ‘Practical Solutions to Learning Difficulties’ at the newly developed Play and Resource Centre (PARC) near Braintree in Essex. Pauline talked about the work of The Sound Learning Centre and presented a number of typical case studies. She also provided advice and guidance to the audience regarding their individual concerns.

Originally set up in 2004 PARC have just moved in to their lovely new building and are hoping to redevelop the adjoining land into a sensory garden and additional playground.

Pauline Allen recently visited the Isle of Man and on 12 February gave a talk ‘Practical Solutions to Learning Difficulties’ to parents, carers and other interested parties at The Sefton Hotel in Douglas.

The following day Pauline gave a presentation at the DHSS Education and Training Centre, to a group of medical professionals entitled, ‘The Relationship Between Sensory Processing and Learning Difficulties: What Can Be Done To Help.’ The presentation was part of their Postgraduate Educational Lecture Programme.

Both talks were well received and were followed by lively question and answer sessions.

Pauline was overwhelmed by the warmth of the ‘Manx Welcome’ she received.

For further details, please contact us on telephone +44 (0)20 8882 1060, or by e-mail.

Pauline Allen gave a talk on Sensory Difficulties Associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorders at The Oak Room, Oak Tree Children’s Centre, Holwell Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 3RG on Monday 16 June 2008.

For more information, please contact The Sound Learning Centre on telephone +44 (0)20 8882 1060 e-mail.

Pauline Allen gave a talk on the underlying causes of learning and developmental difficulties and what can be done about them at the Scouts Headquarters, 229 St. Aldhelms, Raynes Road, Ashton, Bristol, BS3 2LD on Monday 28 April 2008.

Pauline Allen gave a short presentation entitled “Light For Wellbeing”, on 1 April 2008. This was part of UK Displays & Lighting Knowledge Transfer Network series of meetings with the theme “Using Lighting Technologies to influence Mood, Health and Wellbeing”. It was a one day, cross-disciplinary, event at The Hesperia Hotel, Victoria, London, SW1V 1QA, U.K.

Pauline Allen gave a talk on Dyslexia and other learning difficulties for the Dyslexia Parents Association of Thessaloniki at the Diakonia Hotel, Pilaia Thessaloniki Sunday 17 February 2008.

Pauline Allen gave a talk on the underlying causes of learning and developmental difficulties and what can be done about them at the KDYS Youth Centre, Fairhill, Killarney, County Kerry in Ireland on Wednesday 30 January 2008.

Pauline Allen visited Abu Dhabi during January and February 2008 to provide consultations, assessments and reviews. Whilst there she also delivered talks on learning difficulties at “The Club” in Abu Dhabi.

It is hoped that the high level of interest will be followed by a number of return visits to see individual clients and offer personalised treatments.

For further details, please contact us on telephone +44 (0)20 8882 1060, or by e-mail.

Pauline Allen gave a talk on Saturday 24 November 2007 at ‘My School’ Montessori School in Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya.

Pauline Allen addressed the PLDC Convention on Friday 26 October 2007 under the title “Lighting up people’s lives – practical applications of light therapy in a clinic based environment”. The conference was held from 25 till 27 October 2007 at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, Kensington, London, U.K.

Pauline Allen presented The Sound Learning Centre’s SenseAbility course on Sunday 7 October 2007 at the Pan-Hellenic Educational Convention in Rhodes Town, Rhodes, Greece.

Pauline Allen presented The Sound Learning Centre’s SenseAbility course on Saturday 29 September 2007 to members and non-members of the Norwegian Light Society. On Sunday 30 September 2007 she gave a talk about the work of The Sound Learning Centre.

Pauline Allen gave two papers at the conference which was held on 8 and 9 September 2007 in North Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.. She presented The Sound Learning Centre’s latest findings on the wider influence of Auditory Integration Training on the Visual Systems and on Neuro-Developmental Delay.

The Press & Journal cover the story of Michelle and how the Sound Learning Centre helped treat her Auditory Processing Disorder and overcome her shyness.

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Children of The Little Sparks charity have benefited from the fund-raising efforts of the their local police force. The charity raises money to children with neurological problems and the Sound Learning Centre has provided treatment for several youngsters via the charity.

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Pauline Allen, Principal of The Sound Learning Centre, addressed the conference on Friday 4 May 2007 and presented the latest analysis and findings related to light and sound therapies.

The conference was held from 3 till 6 May 2007 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Kansas City – Plaza, Kansas City, MO, U.S.A.

Further details can be found at the The College of Syntonic Optometry website.

The story of seven year-old Keane featured in several newspapers. Suffering from autism, Keane is highly sensitive to noise and will do anything to block it out. As a consequence he has been to hospital 22 times to remove a variety of toys, sweets, blue-tac and other things from his ears. The Sound Learning Centre has been providing AIT treatment for Keane and the parents have already noticed an improvement.

Daily Express, Daily Record, Banffshire Journal: article 1, article 2.

An article by Pauline Allen comparing a number of sound therapies with Auditory Integration Training (AIT) appeared in the respected Positive Health Magazine as Sound Therapies: Universal Panacea or Placebo?

Sound therapy helps to re-educate the auditory system and, although independent research assessments have not been carried out to validate its effectiveness, the Society of Auditory Integration Techniques (SAIT) has published its own theories, and the findings of Dr Bérard, creator of AIT, are cited from his book Hearing Equals Behavior, to illustrate his success in treating ENT patients with dyslexia, depression and autism.

Sound Therapies: Universal Panacea or Placebo?


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The Sound Learning Centre has bee featured on several television programmes including the BBC, ITV, Sky News and Discovery Channel. Please contact us for further information.

The Sound Learning Centre was featured on the ‘Inside Out – surprising stories, familiar places’ regional current affairs programme on BBC ONE on 19 September 2005. The BBC followed clients from first contact with the Centre, during Sound and Light treatment, right through to the final results. The Myomancy ADD/ADHD, Autism and Dyslexia website has more details.


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The Daily Telegraph’s Health section features Andrew, a disruptive 10 year old with education problems and how the Sound Learning Centre helped him with sound therapy.

Andrew’s verdict? “I feel like a caterpillar that has turned into a butterfly.”

Music therapy hits the right note


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During October 2004, the Programme ‘You and Yours’ on BBC Radio 4 featured the six most useful interventions that have been applied in cases of autism. We were featured on Monday 4 October and again specifically on Wednesday 13 October in respect of Auditory Integration Training (AIT). During the programme you can hear an interview with Pauline Allen as well as an 8 year old child and her mother who talk about their experience and the results of treatment. These programmes can be heard and downloaded from the BBC Radio 4 website, down the page under Autism Interventions.


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