Recommended Products

Recommended Products

Barbara Pheloung recommends the
following books:

Reflexes, Learning and Behavior, A window into a child’s mind
By Sally Goddard Blythe
Publisher: Fern Ridge Pr (January 19, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0976454300
ISBN-13: 978-0976454304

A Teacher’s Window into a Child’s Mind
By Sally Goddard Blythe
Publisher: Fern Ridge Press (January 1996)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0961533250
ISBN-13: 978-0961533250

Sally Goddard trained at the INPP in 1987/88 and joined the permanent staff in 1988. Since that time she has written numerous articles and papers on neuro-developmental factors in educational difficulties.
In 1996, her first book “A teacher’s window into the child’s mind“ was published by Fern Ridge Press in the U.S.A. This book, which was subsequently extended and updated under the new title of “Reflexes, Learning and Behaviour“ has been translated into 6 languages and has provided the basic information on the significance, assessment and remediation of abnormal reflexes for many other professionals.
This unique and brilliant book explores the physical basis of learning difficulties, dyslexia, dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), with particular focus on the role of abnormal reflexes and the effect upon subsequent development.
Sally explains how the reflexes of infancy (primitive and postural) can affect the learning ability of the child if they are not inhibited and integrated by the developing brain in the first three years of life. Each reflex is described together with its function in normal development, and its impact upon learning and behaviour, if it remains active beyond the normal period.
Simple tests for the reflexes that are crucial to education are described, together with suggestions for suitable remedial intervention. The effect of abnormal reflexes on balance and sensory processing is also described. A brief history of how current methods of intervention designed to correct abnormal reflexes have evolved and a summary of some of the relevant research in the field are included.
This book is essential reading for parents, teachers, psychologists, optometrists and anyone involved in the assessment, education and management of children and their problems. It explains why certain children are unable to benefit from the same teaching methods as their peers and why they remain immature in other aspects of their lives.

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Tummy Time Tactics
by Clare Crew
Tummy Time Tactics is a succinct and practical guide for parents and childcare professionals, who want to give their babies a head start in life but don’t necessarily know how.

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Specjalne potrzeby edukacyjne
By Agnieszka Olechowska
Książka Agnieszki Olechowskiej to interdyscyplinarne kompendium wiedzy o specjalnych potrzebach edukacyjnych, przydatne nauczycielom i innym profesjonalistom, rodzicom oraz studentom przygotowującym się do pracy w przedszkolu i w szkole. Autorka omówiła w niej teorię oraz praktykę kształcenia dzieci ze specjalnymi potrzebami edukacyjnymi, odwołując się do polskich realiów, procedur oraz obowiązujących regulacji prawnych. Nakreśliła nowe kierunki rozwoju systemu edukacji – uniwersalne projektowanie w edukacji oraz zarządzanie różnorodnością w szkole. Szczegółowo przedstawiła przyczyny, objawy oraz możliwości dostosowania wymagań edukacyjnych i pomocy dydaktycznych dla dzieci doświadczających: · niepełnosprawności intelektualnej oraz ruchowej · uszkodzeń słuchu i wzroku · niedostosowania społecznego · specyficznych trudności w uczeniu się · zaburzeń komunikacji językowej · chorób przewlekłych (epilepsji, cukrzycy, astmy, mukowiscydozy i innych) · sytuacji kryzysowych lub traumatycznych · niepowodzeń edukacyjnych · zaniedbań środowiskowych · trudności adaptacyjnych · autyzmu Książka, którą trzymają Państwo w rękach, to wynik spotkania teorii z praktyką. Tutaj praktyka wynika z teorii, a teoria znajduje zastosowanie w praktyce. To książka dla nauczycieli proaktywnych, nastawionych na działanie, otwartych na rozważanie różnych opcji, chętnych do stawiania wielu kolejnych pytań.

Agnieszka Olechowska’s book is an interdisciplinary compendium of knowledge about special educational needs, useful for teachers and other professionals, parents and students preparing to work in kindergarten and at school. The author discussed the theory and practice of educating children with special educational needs, referring to Polish realities, procedures and applicable legal regulations. She outlined new directions for the development of the education system – universal design in education and diversity management at school. She presented the reasons, symptoms and possibilities of adapting educational requirements and teaching aids to children experiencing: · intellectual and motor disabilities · hearing and sight impairment · social maladjustment · specific learning difficulties · language communication disorders · chronic diseases (epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, cystic fibrosis and others) · crisis or traumatic situations · educational failures · environmental negligence · adaptation difficulties · autism The book you hold in your hands is the result of a meeting of theory and practice. Here the practice results from the theory, and the theory finds its application in practice. This is a book for proactive, action-oriented teachers, open to considering various options, willing to ask many more questions.



FED UP  Understanding how food affects your child and what you can do about it
by Sue Dengate
ISBN 9781741667257
PUBLISHER Random House Australia PUBDATE 2008

Based on new Australian research, Fed Up is Sue Dengate’s comprehensive analysis of the effects of foods on children’s behaviour, learning ability and health. This book is a guide for pressured parents and a revelation for puzzled teachers. Fed Up helps parents to manage their children’s behaviour and learning problems without medication using remarkable new findings from Australian research into food intolerance.

Oxford Signpost to Spelling

Oxford  Signpost to Spelling,
By Joy Pollock
ISBN 0 435 10686 4
Heinemann Educational Publishers

Signposts to Spelling is a handbook for teachers. There are twenty spelling guides, which give pupils help with the structure of words. A brief history of the English language is included on a question-and-answer basis, giving children some ideas of how our present spelling has come about. Nonsense dictations and mnemonics are humorously illustrated by Vanessa Pawsey.

Some comments on the first edition:
“…a book which should lighten the hearts of a few disheartened and struggling learners.”
The Guardian

“The teacher of any age group who uses Joy Pollock’s ideas in the making of materials and in the preparation of class lessons will be well equipped to deal with her pupils’ spelling difficulties in an individual and systematic way.”
Times Educational Supplement

English Grammar and Teaching Strategies

English Grammar and Teaching Strategies,
Lifeline to Literacy

By Joy Pollock and Elisabeth Waller

ISBN 1-85346-638-7
David Fulton Publishers

Many Teachers were not exposed at school to rigorous instruction in grammar and now find it a daunting subject to teach. This book aims to demystify grammar and equip any teacher to teach it in the classroom. Carefully set out for ease of reference, each grammatical term is clearly defined. Varieties of usage are illustrated and teaching strategies can easily be extended according to the age and key stage of the pupil. These strategies are both for spoken and written language. They can be used for the whole class, small groups with pupils who have special educational needs and in classes for English as an additional language. Teachers who are anxious about grammar will welcome this “lifeline to literacy” for themselves and their pupils.

Day-To-Day Dyslexia in the Classroom

Day-To-Day Dyslexia in the Classroom,
By Joy Pollock, Elisabeth Waller and Rody Politt
ISBN 0-415-11132-3

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This fully revised and updated edition of a classic text offers invaluable advice to teachers on how they can recognise specific learning difficulties and give practical help to children in their classes. Written in an accessible, jargon-free language, it provides guidelines on the way children with dyslexia learn language and achieve literacy and numeracy skills. It also includes chapters on handwriting, study skills and classroom management, while bearing in mind numerous demands made on classroom teachers.

This new edition includes reference to the National Literacy Strategy, how to make effective use of Teaching Assistants, and includes exercises which enable dyslexic people to become more ready to learn academically, as well as commentary on teaching children with diagnosed dyspraxia and Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is the essential companion to dyslexia that no teacher, student teacher, Special Educational Needs Coordinator or Teaching Assistant can afford to be without.

“Here is a book about dyslexia that needed to be written … Every school staff-room should have a copy on the library shelf, and it should be required reading for all beginning teachers in the course of their training… Highly recommended.”

Contact, the Journal of the British Dyslexia Association

Stopping Hyperactivity – A New Solution

Stopping Hyperactivity – A New Solution
Nancy E. O’Dell, Patricia A. Cook
ISBN 0-89529-789-2
Avery Publishing Group
New York

For over twenty-five years, Drs. Nancy E. O’Dell and Patricia A. Cook have tirelessly worked to develop and refine a unique exercise program that can diminish or entirely eliminate hyperactive behaviour. In Stopping Hyperactivity: A New Solution, the authors present this important breakthrough technique from theory to application.

Nancy E. O’Dell received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University, and her doctorate in Learning Disabilities from Purdue University. She is a Professor of Education at the University of Indianapolis, co-director of the Miriam Bender Diagnostic Center, and co-director of B.U.I.L.D., a support program for learning disabled students at the university.

Patricia A. Cook earned her bachelor’s degree from Marian College, her master’s degree from Butler University, and her doctorate in Learning Disabilities from Purdue University. She is a Professor of Education at the University of Indianapolis, co-director of the Miriam Bender Diagnostic Center, and co-director of B.U.I.L.D. She and dr. O’Dell have lectured at universities, professional meetings, and educational conventions throughout the world, and have appeared extensively on radio and television programs.

Sensory Integration and Learning Disorders

Sensory Integration and Learning Disorders
A Jean Ayres
ISBN 0-87424-303-3
WPS Publishers
Los Angeles

Dr. Jean Ayres began her scientific approach to studying sensory integrative function at a time when few occupational therapists were interested in research. She was dedicated to providing services to children who would otherwise be lost in the education and health care systems. Her resolute drive to improve the knowledge and application of sensory integrative principles through continuous research was founded on the desire to help these children.

Dr. Ayres was concerned about major problems confronting the use of sensory integrative theory. These problems included inappropriate application of sensory integrative theory and unrealistic claims of treatment efficacy. She lamented the theory was either accepted with absolute enthusiasm or rejected entirely. “It is believed to be either omnipotent or no good at all,” Dr. Ayres said, “and knowledge simply does not develop that way.”

Dr. Ayres dedicated her life to the ongoing development of sensory integration theory and practice and the children whom it benefited.

The Sound of a Miracle

The Sound of a Miracle
– A Child’s Triumph Over Autism

Annabel Stehli
ISBN 1-85702-032-4
Fourth Estate

The Sound of a Miracle is Annabel Stehli’s riveting story of her daughter Georgiana’s triumphant progress from autisitic and functionally retarded to gifted. When mothers from all over the country contacted Annabel and told her their stories, she put them in touch with one another, forming The Parent’s Network, and inspired them to do as she had done: Defy the negative prognoses of the experts and fight for their children with Autism, Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), Dyslexia, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

In curing Georgie’s painful hearing, her most distressing symptom, a new intervention called auditory training made it possible for her to enjoy communication and to excel academically. There are many Georgies now, ready to take their place among their peers without a label, with a future as bright as any child’s. The interest sparked by The Sound of a Miracle resulted in the founding of what is now The Georgiana Institute, the validation of auditory training as a thoroughly researched treatment modality, and its availability worldwide.

First published in hardcover by Doubleday in 1991, this book was a Literary Guild Alternate Selection, and has been translated into Chinese, Dutch and German. It has also been condensed and published in The Reader’s Digest, and acquired by numerous public libraries. Currently in its fifth printing, it is sold in trade paperback by the Institute and in bookstores.

In the Minds Eye

In the Minds Eye
Thomas G. West
ISBN 1-57392-155-6
Prometheus Books
New York

“Every once in a while a book comes along that turns one’s thinking upside down. In the Mind’s Eye is just such a book.”

“Both teachers and educational planners [should] read this book and take its message seriously.”
-T.R. Miles, Ph.D
Vice President of the British Dyslexia Association

A Revolutionary Way of Thinking

A Revolutionary Way of Thinking
Dr. Charles Krebs and Jenny Brown
ISBN 0-85572-282-7
Hill of Content Publishing Pty Ltd

“This is an absolutely remarkable book which explains in a simple, precise and comprehensible way the philosophical basis of both eastern medicine and kinesiology. Beautifully summarised and completely up-to-date. To cover such a vast amount of knowledge and synthesise it into such a simple and clearly presented volume is an outstanding achievement. I compliment the author and would recommend this book not only for general readers but also all those interested in the basis of eastern medicine and the latest concepts in brain function.”
Graeme D. Jackson
Associate Professor Department of Medicine Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre Melbourne

“This is a remarkable story and a remarkable book. The content is extremely valuable to us all and it fully rewards the reader’s effort to integrate the technical material present in the text. I wish this book had been available when my son was a child!”
Dr. William Tiller
Professor Emeritus, Department of Materials, Science & Engineering Stanford University U.S.A.

If Kids Just Came With Instruction Sheets!

If Kids Just Came With Instruction Sheets!
Svea J. Gold
ISBN 0-9615332-6-9
Fern Ridge Press
Eugene, Oregon

Whether we are reaising our own children or helping or helping those of the global village, this book deals with connections, not just single answers. Whether we are exploring behavior problems, learning disabilities, attention problems, delinquency or drug abuse, rarely does not one remedy apply. Neither do all remedies
apply to every child.

Even if only one of the many approaches suggested here helps only one child in a hundred, and that one child in a hundred happens to be your child, or a child in your acquaintance, this may be the most important book you ever read.


Healing the Hyper Active Brain

Healing the Hyper Active Brain
Through the New Science of Functional Medicine
Michael R. Lyon
ISBN 0-9685108-0-9
Focused Publishing

Millions of children and an ever-increasing number of adults are now on Ritalin®. Are drugs really the only effective way to cope with the ADHD epidemic? This book provides real solutions… It outlines in clear detail a systematic comprehensive highly effective scientific and rational method for uncovering the hidden causes of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and managing this condition effectively without the need for drugs.


The Fabric of Autism

The Fabric of Autism
Judith Bluestone
ISBN 0-9720245-1-8
The HANDLE Institute

Infused with rare insights into the impetus behind autistic behaviors, The Fabric of Autism weaves the various threads of autism into a “make-sense” theory, hard won through personal experience and decades of study. From neuroscientific research, explanations of developmental processes and clinical outcomes emerge the probable causes of autism. The Fabric of Autism is both a signifcant clinical work and a moving memoir that illuminates the humanity hidden beneath the bewildering facade of autism.


Molecules of Emotions

Molecules of Emotions,
The science behind mind-body medicine
Candace B. Pert
ISBN 0-684-84634-9
New York

Why do we feel the way we feel? How do our thoughts and emotions affect our health? Are our bodies and minds distinct from each other or do they function together as part of an interconnected system?

In her groundbreaking book Molecules of Emotions, Candace Pert provides startling and decisive answers to these and other challenging questions that scientists and philosophers have pondered for centuries. Her pioneering research on how the chemicals inside our bodies form a dynamic information network, linking mind and body, is not only provocative, it’s revolutionary.

By establishing the biomolecular basis for our emotions and explaining these new scientific developments in a clear and accessible way. Pert empowers us to understand ourselves, our feelings, and the connection between our minds and our bodies -bodyminds- in ways we could never possibly have imagined before.
Molecules of Emotions is a landmark work, full of insight and wisdom and possessing that rare power to change the way we see the worl and ourselves.


Barbara Pheloung recommends the following Audio/Video materials:

The Listening Program

The Listening Program
Advanced Brain
Order through Kim Gowing or Tammita
Phone: +61 8 8227 0202

There are 3 CDs suitable for a classroom or a home without needing individual headphones: Full Spectrum Prelude 1 & 2 and Speech & Language for Kids.

A great sound therapy program to help build and improve auditory skills and sensory integration. Developed on key concepts originated by the late Alfred Tomatis, M.D., this program has shown improvements in:

  • Attention span & focus
  • Speech & motor control
  • Auditory perception & sensitivity
  • Musical & vocal expression
  • Self-esteem, mood & motivation
  • Social interaction
  • Understanding spoken language
  • Reading, spelling & handwriting
  • Physical balance and coordination

The Listening Program Kit contains 8 CDs. Each CD has a unique combination of music, nature sounds, and sound processing techniques. Eight are available within a system with one CD progressively building to the next by increasing the intensity and complexity of the auditory stimulation. Three are available individually with each addressing a specific area of function. These are used as an adjunct to the other eight.

The program entails 1 to 2 fifteen-minute listening sessions a day, five days per week. The average program length is eight weeks with many people finding it advantageous to repeat the program once or several times to keep their auditory system in peak condition. Listening is done through a pair of high-quality headphones and a CD Player.
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The Listening Program

The Listening Program,
Speech and Language for Kids

Advanced Brain
Order through Kim Gowing or Tammita
Phone: +61 8 8227 0202

It incorporates our process of stereo speaker mastering called Spatial Stereo™. This process allows for distinct separation of the instruments in the stereo field for clear spatial details. By mastering with Spatial Stereo™, the instruments are placed in the stereo field so they can be isolated by the listener. Standard stereo mastering tends to have the instruments blending with one another resulting in less clarity and definition making the sonic information more difficult to process and thus benefit from.

We add movement to the treatment to create Spatial Stereo™ Dynamic. This further helps with sound localization, auditory figure ground, listener interest and bilateral organization.


The music selected and recorded for Speech and Language Kids CD 1 includes early compositions by Mozart as well as Brahms, Beethoven, Schumann, and instrumental versions of traditional folk music and nursery rhymes.

Speech and Language Kids 1 is appropriate for enhancing receptive and expressive language, sense of melody, pitch discrimination, fluency, voice modulation and control. It may be used during reading activities, quiet or aloud at a low volume. It may also be used in connection with vocal exercises and may have some benefit with second language acquisition.

This is a tremendous tool for voice coaches, reading and learning specialists, speech and language pathologists and those working with communication difficulties. It also proves helpful with attention, memory and concentration. Listeners may practice active listening with SL Kids 1 but may also hum, sing or explore their voice during their listening sessions.
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The Listening Program

The Listening Program, Prelude 1 & 2
Advanced Brain
Order through Kim Gowing or Tammita
Phone: +61 8 8227 0202

The Listening Program Full Spectrum (FS) Prelude 1 & 2 was developed as a gentle introduction to The Listening Program. These CDs are the first of The Listening Program- New Generation. They incorporate ABT Music’s new High Definition (HD) 24-bit 192 kHz recordings, featuring the latest advancements in ABT’s psychoacoustic and neurosonic treatments.

High Definition recording has only been possible in the last couple of years. These recordings provide a more natural listening experience, very close to live. They contain low levels of distortion, more accurate representation of the sound waves, providing a rich, fulfilling listening experience with greater clarity than our earlier 16-bit recordings. What you hear is more clear high frequencies, authentic timbre in low frequencies, greater definition of individual notes, and spatial details unlike you have ever heard! This provides more new opportunities for developing TLP than ever thought possible.

The combination of ABT Music HD recordings coupled with ABT’s Spatial Stereo™ mastering process takes TLP speaker delivery to a new level of quality, enjoyment, and effectiveness.


FS Prelude contains ABT Music HD 24-bit 192 kHz recordings of Vivaldi Concertos, Mozart Symphonies, Haydn Quartets, and others with strings and woodwinds. These recordings have been simplified using numerous psychoacoustic treatments to make them easier for the listener to attend to the individual instrumental “voices”. These simplifications provide an opportunity for the listener to better understand what is taking place within the compositions making them easier to listen to and sequentially process. The compositions by these great masters and the performances by the Arcangelos Chamber Ensemble are energetic, vivid and joyous.

Auditory Processing Skills

One of the auditory processing skills we focus on training in FS Prelude is auditory figure ground- the ability to focus on foreground sound such as a conversation, while filtering out distracting background noise. For many people trying to listen to speech when competing sounds are present is a source of stress and frustration, whether in the classroom, work place, or public places such as a restaurant. Full Spectrum Prelude is a tool which can be used to train this ability. While auditory figure ground is a vital skill for understanding language, to hold auditory attention and concentrate, it is also an essential skill in our ability to process, understand and enjoy music.

If an auditory scene or piece of music is too complex for our auditory system to process, we can become stressed and shut down to varying degrees. FS Prelude gives the listener an opportunity to hear the instrumental voices separate at times, and at varying volume levels, that makes it easier to attend or focus to one instrumental voice then another. Instruments are individually brought to the foreground then move gradually into the background shifting auditory attention in subtle but significant ways. This sets a foundation for auditory processing that allows future listening to be more effective. Full Spectrum Prelude trains not only our ability to perform an auditory scene analysis and the auditory figure ground skill but also selective auditory attention, pitch discrimination, amplitude perception, sound localization, frequency perception, and temporal processing.

Listening to FS Prelude trains auditory processing in ways that are of equal benefit to the beginning or experienced listener. Rather than using filtration which can be initially uncomfortable for some, the natural frequency contrasts of the individual instruments provides a unique, engaging, and comfortable listening experience.
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Sound Health CD Set (8 CDs)

Order through Kim Gowing or Tammita
Phone: +61 8 8227 0202

Music for Concentration

Music to De-Stress

Music for Inspiration

Music for Learning

Music for Motivation

Music for Productivity

Music to Relax

Music for Thinking

Advanced Brain

Incorporating Sound Health® into your daily life can produce profound and wonderful changes. A sophisticated combination of therapeutic benefit and artistic achievement, these masterful classical recordings are founded on the principle that music is an effective tool for enhancing health and well-being. Each is intended to complement specific activities, employing extensive scientific research and clinical study to achieve its intended effect. Creating a world of rich and varied soundscapes, Sound Health nourishes body, mind and spirit.

Music for Health, Learning and Productivity

Based on extensive scientific and clinical research, these classical recordings create therapeutic soundscapes designed to enhance specific activities – nourishing body, mind and spirit.

How to Make Sound Health® Work for You
For optimal therapeutic effect, we suggest listening to your chosen recording throughout the day, playing the music softly in the background. No special audio equipment is required – in fact, these CDs can even be played though computer speakers to invigorate or relax you as you work. Use the music to create a desired room ambiance or mask background noise. To intensify your listening experience, slip on a pair of stereo headphones. As with all music, a gentle volume is most effective.

Noise Pollution

Even relatively low levels of environmental noise have been proven to negatively affect physical and intellectual performance. Designed to mask irritating background noise, the innovative classical recordings in Sound Health® enhance health and well-being by creating a therapeutic musical environment for work, rest and play.

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Brain Builder

Brain Builder
Advanced Brain
Order through Kim Gowing or Tammita
Phone: +61 8 8227 0202

Realise significant, lasting changes in auditory and visual sequential processing skills and short-term memory. Psychologists and educators call it “sequential processing” It’s essential to every mental process, including every level of verbal communication. Better sequential processing enables us to take in more of what there is to see and hear. It determines how quickly and clearly, we can grasp concepts with 3, 5, or 7 components. And it determines how effectively we can express ourselves to others. If sequential processing capacity is limited, it’s a little like not having enough RAM in your computer. Some things work just fine. Others work, but s-l-o-w-l-y, or more crudely. And certain things become impossible, resulting in frustration.

Used for as little as 10 mins per day, the BrainBuilder’s seven neurodevelopment exercises are tuned to the precise frequency, intensity, and duration that best stimulates higher brain function, opens the mind and trains it to learn more effectively.

BrainBuilder can be used on a PC or Macintosh (minimum system requirements stated below).

486 processor or better
Microsoft Windows 95 or higher
640X480, 256 colour display
Double-speed CD-ROM drive
Windows compatible sound card

68040 processor or higher, or Power PC
System 7.1 or higher
640 X480, 8 bit video
Double-speed CD-ROM drive

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Kindergarten Screening (PAL Video)
The Learning Place

The Kindergarten Screening is a longitudinally validated standardised Australian in-school screening instrument to assess what each child can do independently by observation and objective evaluation of their performance of familiar kindergarten tasks, in their familiar class and school setting, with their peers.

The intent of screening kindergarten children at school entry is to identify their developmental and learning needs to inform instruction and direct intervention.

Assessment Categories are in the affecting domains of Outside Motor, Fine Motor, Oral, Language, Paper / Pencil and Reasoning, and four Personal Attributes.

The Kindergarten Screening is cost and time efficient, easy to administer, score and interpret by teachers, and can be completed for a whole class together in about two hours, despite the range of the children’s age and other diversities.

Research results indicated that in-school kindergarten screening can fairly evaluate and identify the developmental and learning needs of each child screened and differences among the children, and that instructional interventions based upon identified needs have positive outcomes for children.

The Kindergarten Screening Manual contains all administration and scoring criteria, forms, practice scoring, standard and high/low target score tables, and is available from:

The Learning Place
24B 2 Brady St.
Mosman NSW 2088
ph: +61 2 9960 8610
fax: +61 2 9969 8948


Sound therapy


Sound Therapy for Children 

Sound Therapy for Children 

Sound Therapy is an ideal treatment for all children and can be easily used at home or in the classroom. Simply by listening through ear phones to specially filtered music and stories, the child’s auditory processing system is enhanced. The program is valuable for a child’s development, just as physical movement, spinning, swinging and co-ordination skills are important. Sound Therapy is like exercise for the ear and the auditory processing and sensory integration centres in the brain.

An easy home based Program

Sound Therapy is affordable, portable and easy.  It fits easily into your child’s day and can be listened to during daily activities such as home work, riding in the car or going off to sleep.

Order from Sound Therapy International

1300 55 7796
How Sound Therapy can help your child
• Supports natural development of the auditory sense
• Enhances auditory processing
• Gives them a head start with learning
• Enhances communication skills and interactions with peers, parents and teachers
• Helps build good co-ordination and sports performance
• Improves listening and short term memory
• Reduces ear infections and the need for grommets or antibiotics
• Improves concentration and attention skills such as exam and test preparation, or in children with ADD or ADHD
• Helps develop language and study skills
• Creates the groundwork for reading, writing and arithmetic
• Improves musicality and singing

Sound Therapy can benefit children in the following areas:
• Accelerate Potential
• Dyslexia
• Auditory Processing
• Learning Difficulties
• Autism

Accelerate your child’s potential

Sound Therapy is recommended for all children including highly gifted children, and will assist the development of good learning and study abilities, just as exercise helps to develop balance, strength and muscular co-ordination. The ear and the auditory cortex are vitally important centers for learning, communication and higher brain function. Sound Therapy is an easy way to input a very positive stimulus that will help to maximize your child’s potential.


By stimulating the frontal lobe, Sound Therapy may restore the child’s ability to think quickly and put the brakes on before acting. It may also retrain the listening capacity or the auditory reception process, so that the child can learn to focus on the desired sound and to relay the sound directly to the language centre in the brain. Auditory reception problems are caused, in part, by the shutting down of the ear to certain frequencies of sound. The ear muscles become lazy and unresponsive and must be stimulated in order to regain the capacity to tune into the desired sound. Sound Therapy has been shown to help provide this rehabilitation for the ear and may help to re-organise the auditory transmission in the brain. This process helps to reduce stress and tension in the whole nervous system as the child becomes able to attend to a chosen stimulus instead of being constantly distracted by every sound in the environment.


The balance between the two hemispheres of the brain is of fundamental importance in overcoming dyslexia.

Both hemispheres play a role in processing language, but the roles they play are different. The eye must combine with the power and the quality of the ear to make sense of the written sounds. This co-ordination happens easily when the left hemisphere deals primarily with audition and the right hemisphere deals primarily with vision. In dyslexia, the route which allows for phonic analysis has been damaged. Sound Therapy may help restore the functioning of this route and reduce the cause of the problem. Tomatis says “We read with our ears … the ear is the organ of language, the pathway to language assimilation, the key that controls it, the receptor regulating its flow.” Sound Therapy may help stimulate and exercise the ear, encouraging it to receive and interpret sound in an efficient manner. Music is a highly organised series of sounds that the ear has to analyse. Therefore, listening to music is an excellent way for a child to learn how to perceive sounds in an organised fashion, or in other words, to listen. The higher volume of sound to the right ear, which is built into all Sound Therapy recordings, means that the right ear is encouraged to become the directing ear. When this right ear dominance is achieved, the problem of reversal will likely disappear.

Auditory Processing

Sound Therapy recordings are made so that the sound is louder in the right ear. This improves the efficiency of the brain in processing language because the right ear connects to the left side of the brain, which is the language centre. The result is an improvement in reading and vocal skills.

Sound Therapy stimulates the brain pathways which enable very fast transmission of information from ear to brain and from brain to vocal apparatus. When the processing speed is increased it is easier for the student to keep up and not be constantly struggling with information which is jumbled and mixed up because of being received in the wrong order.

Learning difficulties and auditory processing problems

Learning difficulties is a general term meaning that a child (or adult) has difficulty learning in a typical manner because the brain has trouble processing information. A learning difficulty is not an indication of intelligence level, but it means the child will have trouble learning in the same way others do and may have trouble performing certain types of tasks.

Global learning difficulties

If a child has “global learning problems” then s/he will find all aspects of learning and understanding difficult regardless of what method of teaching is used.  These children used to be called “slow learners”. Such a child will typically get a low score on IQ tests or other types of learning assessments.

Specific learning difficulties

Others may have “specific learning difficulties” meaning that only certain aspects of processing are problematic. These pupils are often quite bright, but are sometimes misunderstood and mistaken for being lazy or careless, when in fact they are compensating for some type of sensory processing problem. They may need a different type of instruction that suits their processing style. Specific therapeutic intervention may alleviate the difficulty considerably and enable these pupils to excel.


Sound Therapy offers a child with autism the opportunity to re-open the listening capacity. The fluctuating sounds produced by the Electronic Ear may gradually exercise and tone the ear muscles, teaching the ear to respond to and recognise the full range of frequencies. As this happens, communication takes on new meanings, and the child may begin to respond in areas where before he or she was unreachable. Tomatis discovered that because of the way the foetal ear develops the first sounds heard in utero are high frequency sounds. The child hears not only the mother’s heartbeat and visceral noises but also her voice. Re-awakening the child’s ability to hear high frequencies re-creates this earliest auditory experience and may enable emotional contact to be made with the mother first and then towards others. Various forms of sensory stimulation, and in particular Sound Therapy, have been found to improve sensory integration. As sound is one of the most vital systems for brain integration, the use of Sound Therapy may bring about significant change in the child’s ability to process and integrate sensory information.

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Family Program 

Family Program 

A package for your family to grow with. Includes our full range of music and story albums for families. 3 MINI MX2 Music players  allows 3 family members to listen at the same time, and will provide years of happy listening for the whole family. All the albums are filtered with the special Sound Therapy process to enhance ear and brain functioning.

Younger Children’s Program

Younger Children’s Program
On 1 MINI MX2 Music players

A starter program for  children aged 0-7. Introduce your tots to classical music while stimulating their language comprehension with age appropriate stories and poems, all filtered with the Sound Therapy process.

Older Children’s Program

Older Children’s Program

On 1 MINI MX2 Music players

A starter program for Children aged 8-12. Music specially selected for children to develop their sense of rhythm and form, along with stories chosen to enhance perception, creativity and language comprehension, all filtered with the Sound Therapy process.

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