Healis Opens Certified Tomatis Listening & Learning Center in Palmetto Bay, Florida

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First Tomatis Certified Center in Florida to Treat Autism, ADD and Learning Disabilities

Healis, a full service rehabilitation and wellness center, announced today the opening of its Listening and Learning Center. The Healis Listening and Learning Center is the first certified Tomatis Center in the state dedicated to providing advanced therapeutic methods and cognitive interventions.

The Healis Listening and Learning Center creates custom designed treatments for patients, including special needs children that help them overcome communication, behavioral and learning difficulties. Healis Listening and Learning Center combines sensory integration, auditory stimulation and cognitive enhancement methods to help patients with:

•    Attention Deficit Disorders

•    Autism and PDD

•    Auditory Processing Problems

•    Cerebral Palsy

•    Developmental Delays

•    Learning Disabilities

•    Sensory Integration Disorders

Healis Listening and Learning Center makes a clear distinction between hearing and listening. Hearing is a passive process that merely detects the sounds around us. Listening is a specialized form of hearing and is the primary function of the ear. Listening is an active process that facilitates learning and requires the conscious desire to determine the meaning of what we hear.

“To become a good learner, one has to become a good listener. Tomatis has developed a highly effective method to teach people with various disabilities to become good listeners, and thereby a better learner,” said Lisa Galvez, co-founder, Healis Listening and Learning Center. “We can have excellent hearing but be poor listeners. Many children with learning difficulties or attention deficit have excellent hearing, according to the school audiologist, but still cannot read well or concentrate. Their problem is a listening problem, not a hearing problem,” added Galvez.

Healis Listening and Learning Center is the first Tomatis certified center in Florida and provides patients and families with a proven European method of listening and learning. Healis has hired Roman Zalac (OTR/L), a certified Tomatis consultant, who was trained in the Solisten technologies used for listening and hearing enhancement. Zalac has more than 5 years experience as a children’s occupational therapist. “I’m excited by the opportunity of brining the Tomatis techniques, proven in many European countries to Miami to help learning disabled children overcome their communication and learning difficulties,” said Zalac.

The Tomatis treatment, developed in Europe by Dr. Tomatis, includes custom designed workout for one’s ear using an “electronic ear” a machine which filters Mozart’s music, Gregorian Chants and the mother’s voice, forcing the middle ear to engage in sound analysis. The exposure to filtered sounds creates an in-uterus environment and the progressive de-filtering of presented sounds allows the ear to develop a natural progression toward normal hearing.

The length of treatments depends on the individual needs and progress of the patients, but generally it consists of 15 days of intensive therapy, followed two 8-day treatment periods with 4-6 week interval between sessions.

For more information, please contact Healis at 305.251.7477 or 1.866.688.3300.

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Alec J. Rosen



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