Listening: The Ear-Body Connection
Picture a rabbit munching on grass in a field. Its posture is rounded and its ears are down. Suddenly, a bird takes flight. The rabbits ears perk up. Its body becomes erect. While the rabbit was hearing all along, it is now listening.
Listening: The Ear-Voice Connection
We are the first to listen to what we say. Our ability to listen depends on the quality of our voice. Like any other stimulation, sound literally feeds the brain giving us the energy we need to process information. Some sounds, those rich in high frequencies, are more nourishing. For example, classical music, especially Mozart, is rich in high overtones and can increase energy levels.
The ear-voice loop plays a key role in the acquisition of speech and language. What is much less known is the role of the ear-voice loop in the development of self-regulation and self-control on sensory-motor, emotional, communicative and cognitive levels. The ear-voice connection is a fabulous sensory-motor integrator of the body and mind. The regulating impact of the ear-voice connection influences childrens breathing pattern, sleeping and eating habits, bladder/bowel control, temper and expression of affects, flexibility and social adaptability as well as their attention span, focus and learning skills such as reading, writing and spelling.
The Ear-Voice Connection Workshop
We offer The Ear-Voice Connection workshop which is particularly relevant for professionals in the field of occupational therapy, speech and language pathology and special education.
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