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About 40 years ago, Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis, a French Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, made some astonishing discoveries which led to the development of the Tomatis Method.  This method goes by different names: "auditory training," "auditory stimulation," and "listening therapy."  Its purpose is to re-educate the way we listen, to improve learning and language abilities, communication, creativity, and social behavior.
The Tomatis Method has helped thousands of children with auditory processing problems, dyslexia, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, autism, and those with sensory integration and motor-skills difficulties.  It has helped adults fight depression, learn foreign languages faster, develop better communication skills, and improve creativity and on-the-job performance.  Many musicians, singers, and actors have been able to fine-tune their skills by using the Tomatis Method.  Finally, many clients report psychological gains:  improved self-confidence, higher levels of energy and motivation, greater clarify of mind, and a sense of well-being.
Today, the Tomatis Method is used in over 250 Tomatis Centers worldwide.  They are directed by certified specialists from the fields of psychology, medicine, education, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and music.
The Listening ProgramTM is based on Dr. Tomatis' theories in a more simplified protocol.  Ideally, attending a Tomatis Center is more intensive therapy and involves additional treatments which can only be used under the direct supervision of a practitioner trained in the Tomatis method.  Doing The Listening ProgramTM is the next-best thing -- it can also be used effectively as a kick-start or a follow-up to attending a Tomatis Center.

Read more about Dr. Tomatis' theories and discoveries

Here is a catalog of auditory-related skills.  You can use it as a checklist.  There is no "score," simply check as many boxes as you feel appropriate.
Developmental history
This knowledge is extremely important in early identification and prevention of listening problems.  It also sheds light on the possible causes. 
__  a stressful pregnancy 
__  difficult birth 
__  adoption 
__  early separation from the mother 
__  delay in motor development 
__  delay in language development 
__  recurring ear infections
Receptive listening
This is the listening that is directed outward.  It keeps us attuned to the world around us, to what's going on at home, at work or in the classroom. 
__  short attention span 
__  distractibility 
__  oversensitivity to sounds 
__  misinterpretation of questions 
__  confusion of similar-sounding words 
__  frequent need for repetition 
__  inability to follow sequential instructions
Expressive listening
This is the listening that is directed within.  We use it to control our voice when we speak and sing. 
__  flat and monotonous voice 
__  hesitant speech 
__  weak vocabulary 
__  poor sentence structure 
__  overuse of stereotyped expressions 
__  inability to sing in tune 
__  confusion or reversal of letters 
__  poor reading comprehension 
__  poor reading aloud 
__  poor spelling 
__  difficulty learning foreign languages
Motor skills
The ear of the body (the vestibule), which controls balance, coordination, and body image, also needs close attention. 
__  poor posture 
__  fidgety behavior 
__  clumsy, uncoordinated movements 
__  poor sense of rhythm 
__  messy handwriting 
__  hard time with organization, structure 
__  confusion of left and right 
__  mixed dominance 
__  poor sports skills
The level of energy
The ear acts as a dynamo, providing us with the energy we need to survive and lead fulfilling lives. 
__  difficulty getting up 
__  habit of procrastinating 
__  hyperactivity 
__  tendency toward depression 
__  feeling overburdened with everyday tasks
Behavior and social adjustment
A listening difficulty is often related to these: 
__  low tolerance for frustration 
__  poor self-confidence 
__  shyness 
__  anxiety 
__  difficulty making friends 
__  tendency to withdraw, avoid others 
__  irritability 
__  immaturity 
__  low motivation, no interest in school / work 
__  negative attitude toward school / work

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