Tomatis ® Practitioner Level 2
Ingrid worked for 12 years as an occupational therapist in head injury, stroke rehabilitation, dementia care and general medical. She has a post-graduate diploma in Gerontology (1988) with a particular interest in neurology. In 2001, whilst raising her two daughters, she became a founding trustee of the Bay of Islands Waldorf Education Trust and, in 2014, completed a Bachelor of Education in early childhood education.
Why I work with Tomatis®
During my teacher training, I met a young child diagnosed with autism. I became interested in the spectrum and curious about current knowledge and interventions. During my extended research, I discovered the international Tomatis® website, which led me to Maria Moell-Lundqvist, founder and director of Tomatis® New Zealand. She was based in Auckland – my old home town!
In April 2014, I became one of the first three New Zealand Tomatis® Practitioners trained by Maria, and in 2016, I introduced the Tomatis® method into a Northland early childhood centre.
Over three years, I worked closely with Maria and her husband Fredrik, developing the Kerikeri Tomatis® Centre. This helped me understand and recognise the effectiveness of Tomatis® neuro-auditory training for people of all ages and issues. My practitioner skills continue to develop within the growing community of Tomatis® practitioners in New Zealand and through online communications with international Tomatis® practitioners. Sharing knowledge and experience informs about the variety of situations where Tomatis® can help. There is always something new to learn!
I have seen remarkable changes in every one of the many clients I have worked with. Examples: A pregnant mother’s third baby arrived into the world more alert, contented and responsive than its non-Tomatis siblings; young children are now able to sit still long enough to learn, engage in eye contact and become less sensitive to being touched; older children whose drawing and writing skills dramatically improved, teenagers succeeding at school and making friends. Adults reported sleeping better, feeling more relaxed and coping better with stress; they noted increased focus, improved memory and the ability to make decisions.
In 2016 I worked alongside a 3-year-old boy. After only 40 hours of Tomatis® listening, he became calmer, more settled, focused and receptive, improving his ability to listen and learn. I co-authored an article about this for the Early Childhood Council publication ‘Swings and Roundabouts’: The Tomatis® Method – A Sound Approach To Enhancing Learning Within Early Education. (2016)
Read the article here. Scroll forward to page 26 to find it.
One mother emailed me about her 7 yr old son diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD):
‘We are very impressed with R’s progress; his report shows that in all subjects, he is now at the normal achieving range. Before, he was a year behind. The teacher said he has caught up that extra year in 6 months!
His brain is much more switched on as he loves drawing, writing cards, making crafts, cutting, stapling etc. Before Tomatis, he had no interest in drawing, writing or doing anything with crafts… R has a lot more ideas & is inquisitive about a lot more things. He asks many more questions about things, & always is coming up with new inventions & new creations.’
I provide Tomatis® training for all ages: individual programmes for children to improve learning outcomes and energizing programmes for teenagers, adults, the elderly and expectant mothers to reduce stress, experience deep relaxation and improve memory and sleep.
Get in touch
Ingrid works in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands. You can contact her by phone or email.