it's the only thing that lasts
||The Spectrum Center has improved people's lives
a broad spectrum of therapeutic services. We create an individualized
program for each client to enable him or her to overcome communication,
behavioral, or learning difficulties.
Our sensory experiences determine the way we perceive the world and the
actions that we take based on those perceptions. If the incoming
sensory experience is confused then our actions may be misdirected or
Through sensory based interventions we as therapists endeavor to
correct how the nervous system processes the information that is coming
The nervous system is self-correcting. It has a natural ability to heal
itself. If we can give the brain the correct sensory information the
nervous system can adjust its responses. Sensations are the inputs to
the brain. If certain inputs are missing the brain will attempt to get
its inputs another way.
This may, at first blush, seem maladaptive to us. Take, for example, a
child who constantly watches things spin. To us, this behavior is
incomprehensible, but, from the perspective of sensory based
intervention therapy, we must assume that the child's behavior is
purposeful to his brain, at least...
It is an effort to self-correct; to supplement the meager amount
sensory information that is otherwise being "inputted" to his brain.
Thus, the spinning sensation supplements the meager "sensory diet" of
If we can increase the input of other (more appropriate) sensations,
the child's need for supplementary sensations will decrease, and the
spinning will stop. You can't take something away without putting
something in its place.
In treatment we try and figure out what the child's brain is trying to
accomplish. Then we help him appease his demanding brain with sensory
inputs of an ultimately more adaptive character.
In treatment we
observe what the child is driven by. Guided by this observation we try
to meet the child's need. We assume that the child himself holds the
answer, and that if we pay attention, we will be able to discern this
We do not attempt to extinguish a behavior. Rather we respond to a need
and then lead the child to a more adaptive behavior.
Finally, the nervous system is arranged in a hierarchy. Newer skills
are based on a foundation of older skills. If the foundation has holes
in it, then the newer skills are on shaky ground. Treatment is aimed at
shoring up the foundation. That way, the newer skills can work at their
The child's active involvement in the treatment is essential. The child
isn't a black box with only sensation going in and behavior coming out.
There is a person, a human spirit, in the middle!
That person must be engaged in the process. It is our job, (among other
things) to motivate our client to "put away the things of a child and
take up the things of a man."
We employ Tomatis Method therapy in combination with sensory
integration. The Tomatis Method of auditory stimulation is designed to
re-awaken the ear’s natural ability to listen and ultimately stimulate
the brain’s desire to communicate. Dr. Alfred Tomatis, a French ear,
nose and throat specialist, spent his career studying the
ear-communication connection. His research is responsible for changing
the common perception of the ear as the passive recipient of sound to
the realization that the ear functions as the communication control
center for the entire body.
We at the Spectrum Center use Tomatis Method therapy in combination
with sensory integration techniques pioneered by Dr. A. Jean Ayres. The
combining of these techniques - Tomatis therapy and sensory integration
- provides dramatic results for our clients.
The Spectrum Center Method involves 60 hours of therapeutic listening
over a period of 2-3 months. Typically, you will visit us 10 days in a
row for two hours a day and listen to music filtered through the
Tomatis Electronic Ear. At the same time, we do other sensory and
vestibular integrative activities, one on one, with your child. After a
month, you come back for ten more days. Finally, you wait another month
and return a final time for 10 days. Cost: about $7400. After that, you
may find a booster loop useful about once a year for an additional cost.