Tomatis Method Trained and Certified by Dr. Alfred Tomatis – Dr. Liliana Sacarin is a leading expert in the field of auditory processing techniques with offices in Seattle and Bellevue. She is a licensed clinical psychologist. For the past 25 years she has been a full-time clinician applying Tomatis and Tomatis-based listening programs and technologies to help children and adults of all ages reach their full potential in academic learning, communication, emotional regulation, attention, or sensory-motor development. Just as Dr. Tomatis practiced his method, she too, includes a systemic approach to any auditory processing intervention since listening and processing occur in a relational field, that of a dialog: a listener and at least one speaker.
In addition to the Tomatis Method Dr. Sacarin is trained in almost all of the other approaches of sound-stimulation systems that have derived later from Alfred Tomatis’ Method (App-Ear, LiFT, iLs, TLP, SSP).
As a researcher Dr. Sacarin designs controlled studies to investigate the efficacy of the complete Tomatis Method using standardized neuro-cognitive measures including quantitative EEG (brain activity recordings). One of her research studies with children ages seven to thirteen who were diagnosed with AD/HD showed statistically significant changes for the Tomatis group in the following areas of their performance: attention, processing speed, reading efficiency, auditory discrimination, brain-electrophysiology (brain-activity) and behavior.
While working at Dr. Inge Flehmig’s Neuro-Pediatric Clinic in Hamburg Germany, she was also trained in Sensory Integration. Dr. Flehmig, a leading neuro-pediatrician in the country, focused on neuro-plasticity using various drug-free approaches when treating children, adolescents and their families.
Given her expertise Dr. Sacarin has the ability to assess a child or individual’s cognitive development, emotional regulation in the context of family/systemic interaction while also bringing the understanding of sensory-motor development and its role in the overall individual presentation. Her training and experience with attachment theory / intervention furthers her expertise when assessing and working with children and adults.
An in-depth initial evaluation is more likely to guide a family or an individual into making an educated decision about the most suited approach for the areas they seek to optimize or achieve peak-performance in. When making recommendations or proposing treatment plans Dr. Sacarin takes standardized test-results from multiple areas of functioning as well as the perspective of sensory-motor development and relational attachment into consideration to discuss the various treatments available to clients.
If the findings suggest that sound stimulation programs may not be the most effective treatment at this point in time, further treatment recommendations and referrals will be made. Ultimately, her thorough evaluation is key in individualizing the treatment goals and plans offered to each child or adult. This will determine the most effective sound-intervention towards attaining their desired outcomes.