Brain mapping to better target the therapy

We can only work on what we can see," was Jozef Vervoort’s attitude when he purchased the first "brain mapping” apparatus for the Atlantis center in 1997. With these "brain maps", we can measure brain function and have an image of its performance on paper and in color. This method makes it possible to measure and evaluate a subject's reactions to acoustic and visual stimuli. We particularly focus on slow waves, and on the immediate proximity of slow and fast waves, which is the source of pronounced states of agitation.

The Belgian neurologist, Dr. Werner Van den Bergh from the University of Louvain, referred to the Atlantis center an autistic child who did not speak and exhibited aggressive behavior. Van den Bergh had heard about the listening therapy practiced in St Truiden and hoped to be able to help the child and his parents. With the boy’s records were also included color prints illustrating his brain activity.

Researchers at the Harvard American University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, had discovered a way to visualize measurable brain waves and to establish a map of the brain, or "brain mapping."

Looking through the autistic boy’s files, Jozef Vervoort understood immediately how he could tackle the problem with listening therapy. He also decided to buy a brain mapping device for the institute and to focus even more specifically on the functions of different areas of the brain. He quickly realized that brain mapping images allowed him to treat functional disorders with the listening therapy more effectively.

Thus, brain mappings, or "evoked potentials", are used to collect valuable information, especially in children with autism, epilepsy, brain injury, anoxia at birth, and dyslexia, and even in people unable to undergo a listening test. "As soon as a child suffering from one of these affections is presented to us, we suggest that parents do a brain mapping," says Jozef Vervoort. This exam costs 140 euros for clients of Atlantis or Mozart-Brain-Lab, and the procedure takes about half an hour. A cap to which electrodes are connected in order to detect brain waves is placed on the child’s head. Then, we ask the child to listen, through a headset, to different sounds at different frequencies, forming different sound sequences, and for different durations. The evoked potentials indicate the conductivity of neuronal circuits in the brain in general, but in our case only the subject's reactions to acoustic and visual stimuli are examined.

To date, Jozef Vervoort and his team have conducted some 8,500 brain mappings.  The evaluation of the maps is exclusively in Jozef’s hands. Afterwards, a discussion with the patient’s relatives takes about 45 minutes, during which the results and follow-up of the listening therapy are discussed. The aim of the treatment is to harmonize brain waves as a whole.

The Atlantis and Mozart-Brain-Lab centers in Sint-Truiden are the only institutes in the world that use brain mapping specifically for the Tomatis listening therapy.

In 2005, a new device was purchased, which is regularly updated at night by data line and therefore always up to date.

Jozef Vervoort, in collaboration with the Dutch professor Martien De Voight and the Belgian neurologist Werner Van den Bergh, has published a study in the renowned American Journal of Neurotherapy.

The study clearly demonstrates the benefits of the listening therapy per Prof. Tomatis carried out in the Belgian Atlantis Institute, thanks to the results of different brain mappings. To learn more about brain mapping, click here.