Listening Fitness Instructors' Testimonials

 

School Application - testimonial by Marilyn Mansfield, M.Ed., Principal, Venta Preparatory School, Carp, Ontario, Canada
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After intense research on various forms of listening training methods, I came across the LIFT, and was immediately drawn to it.  The LiFT's ability to cause change in so many different areas in an intense and individualized manner brings our ability to service our clients to a whole new level.  In addition, the portability of this device made it the perfect choice for my multidisciplinary practice, where our clients are serviced both in clinic and in home.  I immediately made the decision to travel to Toronto to attend the next training that was just one week away!


The Listening Fitness Training was no disappointment.  I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to receive training from Paul Madaule himself, and Morana Petrofski whose knowledge of the LIFT and its impact on young children was so extensive.  I found myself feeling incredibly inspired and excited as I learned about the LIFT and all of the benefits that could be received from it.  The workshop included ample opportunity for discussion and opportunities to personally experience the benefits of the LIFT.


When I returned to my practice, I was again not disappointed.  All of the benefits that Paul and Morana spoke of so confidently during our course were realized in each one of my clients.  I have worked with children with various challenges including ADHD, Dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, Down Syndrome, and Sensory Motor concerns, just to name a few.  ALL of these children showed profound changes from the LIFT.  Every family that I have worked with has been so grateful for the experience and the benefits that they have received from this amazing method.


Morana and Kate Bromley from Listening Technologies continue to support me with all of my Listening Training and equipment questions, even now that my LIFT Certification requirements are complete.  The Listening Centre has backed their system unconditionally, and the result is that I feel very confident in administering the LIFT.  I would recommend the LIFT to any family who has a child dealing with challenges.  I would also recommend the LIFT training course to any professional who is interested giving their clients nothing less than the best.

Janis Bautz , Illinois , USA
Special Education Developmental Therapy

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“The Listening Fitness Program provides the opportunity for children to remediate listening difficulties in extraordinary ways. I have witnessed amazing developmental changes as I have incorporated LiFT with Neuro-Developmental remediation.


Because the LiFT program is based on the developmental progress of the auditory system, it allows changes to be incorporated into the overall development of the central nervous system, and stability results. I have found that most children who have Neuro-Developmental Delay also show auditory delay, and so the LiFT program usually becomes part of the overall program in my practice. These children tend to require more than the typical 60-hour program; however, I have also observed that given extra hours, such as in boost session, the changes are permanent and growth continues.


Some children begin to stabilize within their vestibular system, and are less prone to hyperactivity; some are less overloaded with sound input, some are better able to discriminate between sounds and so reading and spelling improve. For those who need to settle ear dominance to the right ear, once this has occurred, I have observed that overall laterality begins to stabilize. Speech tells us how a person listens, and so as the LiFT feedback system is introduced and the children incorporate their own voices through the microphone, I observe tone of voice changes (articulation and vocabulary improvements have been quite amazing). Verb tense usages in writing have been observed as well. As a result, communication skills, oral reading and vocabulary usage improve. Parents tell me they notice happier, calmer, more confident children.


Several children I work with have experienced other listening programs without success; yet when I implemented the LiFT program at a certain phase in the Neuro-Developmental remediation program, success was achieved. It is the only Listening program I use because I believe the developmental progression of the program is the key, along with the feedback system implemented through the use of the microphone.”


“I am working with two sisters and have added on the third, a just-turned 3-year old.  Her speech has been quite delayed and her speech therapist has not seen the progress she would like.  After 2 hours on the LiFT, the little girl was able to put her tongue in the right position and make the 'L' sound, for the first time.”

Anna Buck, B.A. ; Colorado, USA

Certified Neuro-Developmental Delay Therapist (NDT)
Licentiate of The Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology (LINPP)

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One of the greatest contributions the LiFT has offered my voice students, is a clear visceral experience of the bone conduction as it creates the ring (2800 Hz) and a shimmer in the sound of the voice. Being able to listen to the filtered music and voice clarifies the students' differentiated sense of what the voice should sound like inside their head (hearing the bone conduction), versus the expected resonance they hear from singers outside themselves (air conduction of the sound). Most beginning students are reticent to allow the “ugly” sounds of the overtones heard as they approach the second passaggio (a/c to e/f# an 8ve above middle C). The LiFT reinforces this sound in a way that calls it forth and enhances the “feel” rather than their listening to themselves expecting to sound like the singers they hear outside themselves. When I first heard about this method I went to Paris and Tomatis had me to listen to the filtered sounds reinforcing a little girl's singing, I immediately knew he was reinforcing the sounds I had learned when I began studying voice as a little girl myself. The golden overtones feel good, but if you listen they are scratchy and shrill. I find the listening training gives the students the opportunity to very quickly reinforce the true tone of the voice: the bone conducted sound. Ring those bones and all else falls into place.


Over the thirty years I have taught voice in the United States , I have witnessed a diminishing freedom and competency of the voice students who come to my classes and studio. With budget cuts, music education fell by the wayside, and further, the culture has grown to favor less clarity and open ringing tone in vocal recordings. There are many factors that impinge on the sensibility of singers today. With the advent of the microphone in the 1950's and 60's, sound engineers have stolen the ringing overtones from the original sound source or the vocalist so they can control the sound. While this offers many advantages to the engineers and producers, this ‘sweetening' of the voice on commercial recordings, has created a more distant, occluded or muffled sound, often contributing to muscular strain without the listeners ability to identify kinesthetically with the singer. As Tomatis taught the monks in Solemnes, the overtones created by the bone conducted sound are the charging frequencies that provide food and regeneration of energy in the brain. No wonder we're getting more tired and needing more constant stimulation from eternal sources.


In this light, I can say that my students have experienced very dramatic “side effects” from doing the LiFT beside their enhanced vocal production. From the older student who had lost her high notes and was elated to say she was “singing like Callas” again after two days; to the savant voice student with Asperger's (a form of autism) who's IQ went up 20 points in one month; to the cerebral palsy child whose previously rigid movements became fluid and expressive through her new found instrument of ear, body and voice; to the little boy who no longer lisped and was able to sing and speak out in his class; to the student who was good but could get the leads to have a world famous conductor run up on stage at her college audition to say ‘where did you get that quality to your voice!' Each case has been unique, but each has found a connection to their fullest expression of body and soul!


Most recently I began having trouble with my own voice, it became foggie and unreliable. I had ‘holes' in my voice I could not control. I thought it was allergies and the fact that I had become too busy to practice myself. I also had several major changes in my life (all good) but I did feel stress. After trying the usual remedies with diet and doctor I decided to give myself a little boost for a week. It was my ears! Within 3 days my voice was back to its clear, vibrant self. I felt better too and was much lighter in my approach to life. How privileged I am to have access to the deep tuning of the Listening Training. I should add that I have been very strict with limiting my own use of the LiFT so that I can keep its full effect when I need it. This is the second “Boost” I've done in five years. And it did just that.

Sarah Lopez , California , USA
Voice Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“I often give my listening fitness trainees an Alexander Technique lesson while they are using the LiFT.  It is easier to free their necks while they are listening.  I notice wonderful improvements in their voices as well as in their confidence and general well-being.”

Susan Nance , California , USA
Voice * Singing * Alexander Technique

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"I have been pleased with the progress noted for all of my clients on this sound programming. I have had improvements noted in every child. Every response has been individual in nature, but all have demonstrated improvement overall in processing. Parents have been pleased and children/students have noticed changes. One of the most remarkable changes we have seen in some of the children is becoming more verbal. It is really a neat experience to watch that child who struggles with expressing himself just start talking to everyone. They start greeting people, then are no longer stuck in the corner.


I do want to say that I believe that the LiFT is the best on the market for addressing auditory/language issues. I have had training for other auditory programs, but after using all of these for several years, I think I get the most from the LiFT when it comes to improvements in auditory function and language. I truly agree with you that the feedback from the microphone use is what matters. Passive listening helps but doesn't get to the feedback system that truly impacts and changes the brain over time. That is what I have seen and experienced since I started with the LiFT. This is where I recommend most of my patients to start when there are significant auditory issues impacting all of the processing going on in the brain. I also see benefits in other programs, but I see them as a refinement of what the LiFT does, not a replacement for it. I really like the LiFT and what I have seen it do for my clients."

Priscilla Roberts , Tennessee , USA
Speech/Language Pathologist


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“Working with LiFT has brought home to me the reality of multiple learning styles and how they manifest in adults, and…has put me in touch with my own repressed kinesthetic learning preferences.  The application of this to ESL instruction has many ramifications. I have come to understand how the natural progression of first language learning is the most effective way of instructing, how conventional methods of instruction with adults are seriously lacking insofar as they exclude the most significant elements of L1 learning (emotional security…playfulness and experimentation, total involvement of all the senses, validation of experience). I have incorporated the principles of LiFT in my Saturday, Board of Education pronunciation class by allowing it to shape and influence my presentation of the ESL material I have worked with for 15 yrs.  I have also begun to realize that the effects of stress connected to culture shock, which only diminishes very gradually over time, seriously interfere with language acquisition. The sound of English is not something that feeds and nourishes most ESL learners: it confronts and challenges them. This points me in the direction of stress reduction/listening workshops: 


“Besides development of self-confidence and self-expression in foreign language (first step) the program helped to get the sense of well-being, including ability to handle stressful situations, prioritize different life aspects, take my time to think of a situation before being involved in it.”


Student testimonial  

LiFT is an extremely effective tool for hemispheric integration and the concomitant enhancement of the learning process, with the emphases on experiential learning….It can also serve as an effective tool for self-actualization.  As a companion to other modalities that have similar goals of bodymind integration…it appears to have a synergistic effect.”


 "The thing I really like about teaching listening/speaking skills with a sound-based methodology is that it is truly multilevel. The same basic problems usually persist, in modified form, even with advanced level speakers. Hence I can use the same or similar materials whatever the student's level of fluency."


"I have noted that listening training is particularly valuable when used with basic learners for grasping the far more difficult tone units and suprasegmentals (sentence rhythm, intonation, pausing, linking)."

Renia Tyminski, Ontario, Canada
ESL Instructor.