Valerie Dejean
writes on Vestibular Dysfunction

Spectrum Tomatis Center

Tuxedo Park, NY

Sensory Integration Disorder
 PDD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder
 Auditory Processing Disorder
 Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD
 Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia
Speech and Language Delays
 Asperger's Syndrome
Alzheimer's Early stages
 Selective Mutism
Executive Function Disorder

The Spectrum Center Method
Led by certified Tomatis consultant Valerie Dejean, the Spectrum Communication Center helps individuals overcome communication challenges through a combination of:
Tomatis Method auditory stimulation
Sensory Motor Activities
Fine and gross motor activities
Activities to encourage Inter-hemispheric communication
Audio-vocal training
 While listening to music to stimulate the ear, clients participate in sensory motor activities in a small group setting guided by listening trainers.  As the training program progresses, filtered recordings of the child's mother's voice are added, as are audio-vocal activities.  Initial training is carried out in three "loops" or sets of sessions, totaling more than 60 hours of listening). 
The combination of Tomatis Method auditory stimulation and sensory motor activities is unique to the Spectrum Communication Center and has had phenomenal results. Daily client feedback, staff discussions regular meetings with a trained Tomatis Consultant and periodic testing ensure a comprehensive program for each client.

Who Can Benefit from the Spectrum TomatisCenter's Integrated Programs?

The five-year-old boy who couldn't stand to be in a group of children now sits for story time next to his new friend. The twelve-year old girl who couldn't remember what was covered in class the day before now gets As on her biology tests. The four-year-old boy who had never spoken looks into his mother's eyes for the first time and says, "Mommy."

The adult overwhelmed by her busy job, is now able to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines. Through a combination of auditory stimulation and sensory motor activities, the Spectrum Communication Center helps individuals open up channels of communication. We can help children and adults with:

Sensory Integration Disorder
 PDD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder
 Auditory Processing Disorder
 Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD
 Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia
Speech and Language Delays
 Asperger's Syndrome
Alzheimer's Early stages
 Selective Mutism
Executive Function Disorder

 What are the Benefits?
 Documented improvement has been seen in a variety of areas including: Attention span and concentration Auditory discrimination and comprehension Organization and learning skills Speech articulation Reading and writing Posture and balance awareness This program may not be for every child or adult. We conduct an initial assessment to qualify potential clients.

 Who are our Clients?
 The clients that we work with at the Spectrum Tomatis Center struggle with three main areas of development: Auditory processing (issues of attention, concentration, and communication), Praxis (issues of originating, organizing, and executing of sequenced skills that range from fine motor and gross motor skills to organizing and expressing our thoughts), Sensory processing (issues of tuning into sensory information from the environment either by not being too overwhelmed or not being to under-sensitive).

These abilities underlie optimal learning and performance and they all are directly linked to the functioning of the ear. This is why the Spectrum Communication Center employs the Tomatis Method of auditory stimulation in combination with sensory-motor activities in its approach of reeducating the ear.

Why an Initial Assessment?
Prior to any treatment, an assessment takes place in a warm, caring environment.  The assessment is designed to evaluate all the areas of listening as described by Dr. Tomatis including; sensory processing, posture and coordination, praxis and motor planning, auditory and visual processing, and audio-vocal abilities.  Our evaluation is designed considering the entire life span and for both testable and untestable individuals.

The initial assessment experience was incredible,
Alex recalls.
Although Jacob typically avoids stranger and new situations, the staff made him immediately comfortable.  Valerie Dejean, director of the Spectrum Communication Center, discussed the findings of her evaluation and helped clarify Jacob's issues for the Freer-Balko family.
  It was agreed that Jacob was a perfect candidate for the Spectrum Communication Center program and they would start immediately.

How Does the Program Work?
The development of communication follows a predictable sequence of steps, which is universal to all.  Tomatis understood these process and developed a method (delivered through patented technology) designed to re-educates the ear in how it listens and responds to the world. When we are able to listen correctly we can go on to learn through the normal channels as everyone else does.

The Tomatis Listening program is delivered in a standard program of listening for 62 hours over 31 day done in a 3-month time span. In order to change established pattern, the re-education of the ear needs to be delivered intensely for a sustained amount of time. The client listens for two-hours a day, over a 12-15 consecutive days period. Now a new habit of listening has been established.  We now have a 4-6 week break to allow the client to use his "new ear" before we induce new changes.  Two more 8-10 day intensives are done over the next two months specific to the individuals pace. At these points the next development stages of listening are introduced.  This is the standard program for a determined listening disorder.  Programs of different duration may be recommended depending on the clients presentation and specific needs.

How Do I Know If This Is The Right Program?
The Spectrum Communication Center has worked with individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Auditory Processing Disorder, Language Development Disorders, Dyspraxia, Executive Functioning Disorder, and Genetic Developmental Disorders including Down's Syndrome, and Fragile X.
Our listening programs have helped individual with performance difficulties:
Behavior problems
Social and Communication difficulties
Academic difficulties such as difficulties learning to read, write, spell, grasping mathematical concepts
Job performance difficulties such as organizing, planning, memorizing, and presenting.
Individual with these difficulties often fall through the cracks because something is not clicking for them even though nothing is blatantly wrong.

If you or your child fit any of these descriptions, or are experiencing inexplicable difficulties in school, work, or social settings, consider scheduling an initial assessment with us.  Our evaluation, combined with detailed information from you, can help identify any underlying listening disorder and determine if we can help you.
Who is on the Spectrum Communication Center Staff?
Our staff includes
Certified Tomatis consultants
Listening Therapists.
Consultants may have professional backgrounds in related fields such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, audiology, psychology, and education.  They then go through further intensive training in the Tomatis Method and function as Certified Tomatis Consultants in our facility.
Our listening therapists have backgrounds in psychology, early childhood development, recreation therapy, and special education.  They have extensive training in sensory integration theory and techniques, as well as in the implementation of individualized programs, and technical management of the Tomatis, system, theory and methodology.

Where are you Located?
We are located in Tuxedo Park, New York, located 35 miles northwest of New York City.  The founding office in Bethesda Maryland opened in 1992 and the New York office opened in 2002.  We have outreach programs at other cities in the United Stated where we provide the Tomatis Method and the Spectrum Center Method.