Daleen Smith works for an independent learning facility, CVI therapy, providing Visual Perceptual Therapy, Tomatis Therapy (auditory processing) and Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) for children and adults. She works with children from the ages of 5 and older and with adults of all ages to rectify the hand-eye to eye-hand transition in children and adults that may have not occurred naturally during the ages of 3-5 years as well as with brain injuries such as stroke, brain surgery, trauma, and anxiety.
In this interview, we start by discussing what is meant by the vision and auditory systems. Darleen explains that the vision system is made up of two parts: the eyes and the brain. The brain is responsible for processing the image, making meaning of it, and putting it all together to receive the correct message. The auditory system is responsible for hearing and includes the sensory organs, the inner and outer ear, and six regions in the brain.
Daleen explains the importance of sound localization, directionality – and to know if a sound is safe or dangerous! The vestibular ocular reflex is one of the fastest connections in the brain and is responsible for keeping us stable. The eyes are not fully developed until 16 years of age, but the first five to six months after birth are the most important for the auditory system to develop correctly.
Daleen goes on to describe why it is important to have stimulation from many sources, including speech, music, and environmental factors – and what happens if any of these areas are compromised, it can lead to difficulty in school, anxiety, and panic attacks.
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