Sheila Allen, MA, OTR, BCP , Co-founder and Co-director of Pediatric Therapeutics, LLC, a children's therapy center, and Integrated Soundwork , LLC, a practice specializing in sound-based interventions, both located in Chatham, Sheila is on both the ABT faculty and the development team...
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Nacho Arimany , is a master ethnic percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer whose music career began at age six as a classical piano student and singer with the Spanish National Choir and Orchestra...
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Carmela Granata-Bernacchio, MS, SLP-CCC has a BA in Education, an MS in Speech-Language Pathology, and was awarded a Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech Pathology. She is also a licensed teacher, with an additional license as a Teacher...
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April Christopherson, OTR/L has been an Occupational Therapist for almost 20 years and has worked with diverse populations in a variety of settings — including home health, private clinic and in-patient rehabilitation. She is the owner of MaxAchieve, Inc. in Colorado Springs, CO...
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Alex Doman is founder and CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies, an innovative company started in 1998 with a vision to transform the life of every person by making sound brain fitness universally attainable. He is author of Healing at the Speed of Sound®...
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Gayle Moyers founded the Moyers Center for Learning in San Diego and has delivered innovative interventions to challenged learners for 40 years. She has studied extensively and has exceptional knowledge and experience using music as a change agent for challenged learners...
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Sharon Wilcox, M.A., CCC-SLP is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and has an active private-practice in Santa Barbara, California. She provides assessments and therapy for clients of all ages. She is also a radio and television guest speaker on topics related to learning, communication and emotional intelligence...
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Allison Tanner, MS, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist for Primary Children's Medical Center working at one of their outpatient treatment facilities in Sandy, Utah. She received a bachelors of science degree in Communicative Disorders and a masters of science degree in speech-language pathology from Utah State University...
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Tracey Butler is a director of Links to Learning, an organisation based in Adelaide, SA that provides a service for children and adults experiencing learning and auditory processing difficulties...
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Leon H. Flores, M.D., Otoneurologist, Audiologist received his Medical Degree in 1985 from the Universidad de Monterrey. After competing his residency in Audiology and Otoneurology in 1991 at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social in Mexico City, he established a Private Practice and Founded the Centro Audiologico Miravalle...
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Olga Georgieva, SLP has been a Speech Language therapist for over 19 years. A graduate of Sofia University in 1992, she began her career as the speech therapist in a clinic for the treatment of children with cerebral palsy, and worked there...
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Alan Heath, BSc. (Hons.) Psych. is a Director of Learning Solutions, an organisation based in Yorkshire, UK that for over 10 years has been dedicated to helping children and adults maximise their learning potential. He is an accredited Brain Gym® Instructor, NLP Practitioner and the UK and Eire trainer for The Listening Program® ...
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Yumiko Nakajima, BA is a founder and co-director of Natural, Inc. in Nagano, Japan. She originally trained as a Tomatis Counselor, and started a Tomatis Listening Center in Nagano in 1996. Utilizing Audio Psycho Phonologies, she provided...
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Adriana Rivas, M.D., Au.D MD, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Bogota — Colombia. Specialist in Audiology, Corporacion Universitaria Iberoamericana, Bogota — Colombia...
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Veronica Steer, BAppScOT, RegOT, AccOT graduated in Occupational Therapy in Adelaide, South Australia in 1975. Sensory Integration has been her primary focus and drive to improve the underlying central nervous system foundations for learning, coordination and behavioral organization...
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Gaby Urdiales graduated from the Intstituto Tecnológico de Monterrey in Computer Science and has been involved in the field of Audiology since 1991. She is interested in the learning process and the effects of hearing and listening in child development...
Nacho Arimany is a master ethnic percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer whose music career began at age six as a classical piano student and singer with the Spanish National Choir and Orchestra and has evolved into a highly unique blend of talents and diversity of capabilities which he offers as a producer, performer, therapeutic musician and educator.
Beyond his early classical training, Arimany has been immersed in study of traditional rhythms from around the world, specializing in North African and Flamenco rhythms, since his teens. He has a degree in Pedagogy and Philosophy from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a certificate from the New York Open Center Music Institute for completion of study of the principles of Healing with Sound and Music. He has toured globally and collaborated with artists from a myriad of musical traditions over the years. His instrumental and vocal style integrates World Music, Jazz, and the natural resonant properties of the instruments he chooses, leading him to a deep belief in the joy and transformative power of natural rhythms and sounds.
Currently living in New York City, Arimany has been composing/recording/producing a new rhythm-based music listening method for Advanced Brain Technologies of Ogden, UT. He also directs The Joy of Sound, a cross-cultural soundwork practice, and performs with his avant-garde World Jazz trio, the ArimaNY Trio. He has taught classes at conservatories and universities internationally, and is currently an instructor at the New York Open Center. Arimany has developed drumming programs for jailed women and juveniles in detention. He co-developed several rhythm/tempo-based groups for children with sensory processing disorder and autism, and brought live percussive sound to a clinical setting, Pediatric Therapeutics, in Chatham, NJ.
In 2007 Arimany released his first album, Silence-Light, with his Nacho Arimany World-Flamenco Sextet under Fresh Sound Records, and has performed and recorded with Lionel Loueke, Lizz Wright and Angelique Kidjo among other world renown artists.
Sharon Wilcox, M.A., CCC-SLP
Sharon is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and has an active private-practice in Santa Barbara, California. She provides assessments and therapy for clients of all ages. She is also a radio and television guest speaker on topics related to learning, communication and emotional intelligence. She is currently an instructor at CSU San Bernardino where she provides coaching and mediation services for top university management staff, vice presidents and deans.
She has enjoyed providing TLP to over 50 clients of all ages since she became certified in 2008. Sharon is a dedicated listener and has personally benefitted from TLP, as well as her gifted but auditory challenged and ADD adult children.
Alex Doman is founder and CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies, and the bestselling co-author of Healing at the Speed of Sound®.
The third generation in a family of pioneers in the field of child and human brain development, Alex has focused his career on sound, music, and technology and their capacity to improve brain health and performance. He heads product development at Advanced Brain Technologies with credits including co-producer of Music for Healing at the Speed of Sound™, Music for Babies™, executive producer, creator, or collaborator on numerous other music albums, products, and technologies including; Spatial Surround®, Sound Health®, Music for the Mind™, BrainBuilder®, The Listening Program®, Waves™ multi-sensory audio system, TLP Online, and inTime.
Alex has been interviewed for; NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, Today, NPR Marketplace, Wall Street Journal, Self, Women's Health, Men's Health, CBS Moneywatch, LiveStrong.com, Health Radio with Dr. Mike Roizen, Dennis Prager, Pia Lindstrom Presents, Blog Talk Radio, ESPN Radio, Hearing Health Magazine, among others. He was written for publications including SI Focus Magazine, Autism Asperger's Digest, and Autism Science Digest. Doman is the host of The Listening Program Radio, and blogs at alexdoman.com which is featured on Alltop Neuroscience.
He lectures internationally and has trained thousands of allied health, education and music professionals in brain based applications of sound and music; and serves as an advisor to; Sleep Genius, Sanoson, NeuroPop, Aurora Schools, Autism Brain Storm, and Autism Hope Alliance.
Allison Tanner, MS, CCC-SLP
Allison Tanner is a speech-language pathologist for Primary Children's Medical Center working at one of their outpatient treatment facilities in Sandy, Utah. She received a bachelors of science degree in Communicative Disorders and a masters of science degree in speech-language pathology from Utah State University. Her passion has always been in helping children and adolescents attain communicative success in their community and at school through a variety of intervention techniques.
She has been an ABT certified provider of The Listening Program® (ABT CP TLP) since 2007 and is currently the program coordinator for implementation and use of The Listening Program within her local Intermountain Healthcare network. Allison has nine years of experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is also skilled in offering oral myofascial therapy to her clients. Additionally, she organizes and facilitates social language groups for pre-school, school-aged and adolescent clients. Allison collaborates with parents and other speech, occupational and physical therapy professionals within her clinic and her community to further enhance an individual's progress. She has also worked closely with local universities to provide student supervision for graduate students completing their medical externships in the field of speech-language pathology.
Sheila Allen, MA, OTR, BCP
Sheila Allen is a licensed occupational therapist who specializes in sensory processing and is especially interested in the relationship between sound & movement and behavior. A longstanding appreciation of the value of sound and music in fostering change and supporting function is integral to her work.
Sheila holds a BS in Occupational Therapy from Utica College of Syracuse University and a MA in Psychology from Teachers' College, Columbia University. She has been trained/certified in a variety of sound-based methodologies. Her ever-growing passion to better understand the elements of sound and recognize their role in daily living is key to her active clinical practice, product development, teaching, consultation, and study.
Co-founder and co-director of Pediatric Therapeutics, LLC, a children's therapy center located in Chatham, NJ, Sheila collaborates with schools, hospitals, and professionals of varied backgrounds in creating programs and models for intervention. One such collaboration has been with The Joy Of Sound, NYC, for the co-development of rhythm/tempo-based groups for children with sensory processing disorder and autism and a model for the use of live percussive sound to accompany clinical treatment. A member of the teaching faculty, product development team and scientific advisory board of Advanced Brain Technologies, Ogden UT, Sheila also hosts an educational radio show for providers of The Listening Program. She is a creator and producer of inTime, a rhythm-based music listening method newly released by Advanced Brain Technologies.
Sheila serves on the advisory board of Vocal Images, NYC.
The mother of two daughters, she and her husband reside in Chatham NJ and South Hero VT.
Founder of Moyers Learning Systems
Gayle Moyers founded the Moyers Center for Learning in San Diego and has delivered innovative interventions to challenged learners for 40 years. She has studied extensively and has exceptional knowledge and experience using music as a change agent for challenged learners. She specializes in developing interventions to improve auditory input and listening skills for adults and children who struggle to learn. Her programs and teaching methods are able to reach students who are unable to benefit from traditional instructional programs. She holds a California Teaching Credential and is a Certified Educational Therapist. She is currently president of Moyers Learning Systems in Austin, TX and the developer of Learning Ears®.
Alan R. Heath
Alan is a Director and Founder of Learning Solutions, an organisation based in Yorkshire, UK, that since 1996 has been dedicated to helping children and adults maximise their learning potential. He is an accredited Brain Gym® Instructor, NLP Practitioner, UK and Eire trainer for The Listening Program® and UK contact for the Learning Breakthrough Program®.
Alan has presented at major Educational Conferences in the UK for many years and is known as a lively and inspiring speaker. His work brings together the underlying sensory problems inherent in many labels such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism and other areas of learning, speech and developmental delay. He works extensively in schools in the UK and internationally, training professionals in The Listening Program, Brain Gym, Accelerated Learning and Auditory and Sensory Processing. He is a dedicated speaker for NASEN (National Association for Special Educational Needs). He has trained teachers and presented at conferences across Europe, the Middle East and the USA.
He has trained extensively in the areas of Sensory Integration, Bi-Lateral Integration, Childhood Reflexes, Rhythmic Movement Training and Sound Therapies with a particular interest in the integration and processing of sensory information at a neurodevelopmental level.
Alan runs a private consultancy for children combining assessment and remediation programmes using sound stimulation and movement work and is the author of 'Beating Dyslexia A Natural Way' published in 1997.
Tracey Butler is a director of Links to Learning, an organisation based in Adelaide, SA that provides a service for children and adults experiencing learning and auditory processing difficulties. Links to Learning's success was born from her own son's frustration, with her only regret being that her work in 2001 was not sufficiently developed for him to reap the benefits which Links to Learning has since bestowed on countless others.
Links to Learning are the Australian Representatives for Advanced Brain Technologies in Australia and New Zealand and Tracey has been a member of the ABT Training Faculty since 2004 delivering The Listening Program® training course. Tracey has been invited to present at international conferences and her work has frequently attracted the attention of the media.
Tracey has a passion to build the awareness of The Listening Program in Australia and New Zealand, so that more individuals experiencing Auditory Processing difficulties can utilise this valuable program to help them overcome their challenges and realise their own true potential.
Veronica Steer, BAppScOT, RegOT, AccOT
Veronica Graduated in Occupational Therapy in Adelaide, South Australia in 1975. Sensory Integration has been her primary focus and drive to improve the underlying central nervous system foundations for learning, coordination and behavioral organization. Veronica has worked predominantly with children with multiple disabilities, developmental and learning difficulties and those within the autism spectrum. Neurodevelopmental therapy training assisted her work with children with cerebral palsy.
Veronica ventured into private practice in 1989 and developed a large sensory integration, practice, OT for Children over 15 years. Veronica has been a Faculty Member of Sensory Integration Australia since 1990 and has had great pleasure in training therapists in this field. Veronica has also been member of various OT Association committees and the OT Registration Board.
Veronica became a Sound Therapist in 2000 as she believed it further supported the sensory integration principles of ensuring the CNS is accurately registering and integrating auditory sensory for listening, language, literacy and learning.
Since 2005 Veronica has been a sole practitioner using a combination of OT, Sound Therapy and LEAP Brain Integration Kinesiology working with all ages. Veronica has also spent the last three years assisting Barbara Pheloung of Sydney Australia, with her Move to Learn Seminars and recent book School Floors. Barbara is a dedicated teacher and author of books regarding understanding Learning Difficulties and assisting parents, teachers therapists around the world.
Veronica has been a member of the ABT Training Faculty since 2004.
Leon H. Flores, M.D., Otoneurologist, Audiologist
Dr. Flores received his Medical Degree in 1985 from the Universidad de Monterrey After competing his residency in Audiology and Otoneurology in 1991 at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social in Mexico City, he established a Private Practice and Founded the Centro Audiologico Miravalle where he evaluates diagnose and treat patients with hearing and/or vestibular problems.
He also is the Medical Director of Instrumentos Auditivos y de Diagnostico in Monterrey, since 1994. He is part of a Coclear Implant group since 1999. He has special interest in CAPD and vestibular problems.
Looking for therapies for treating CAPD he became interested in the TLP, and was trained at ABT on nov 2002. He became facilitator for the TLP in Mexico.
Now he is also working in a new project for an auditory and vestibular rehabilitation center.
Gaby Urdiales graduated from the Intstituto Tecnológico de Monterrey in Computer Science and has been involved in the field of Audiology since 1991. She is interested in the learning process and the effects of hearing and listening in child development. Gaby is certified from the Council for Exceptional Children in 2005 for Integrated Educational Programs development. She is a Certified Provider for The Listening Program® and on the ABT Training Faculty in Mexico since 2004.
Gaby is also an International Representative of Fast Forword in Mexico. She is co-founder of Centro de Audiologia Educativa, for development and coordination of comprehensive programs for improving central auditory processes to enhance communication and learning potential. Gaby is pursuing her Masters Degree in Education, with specialty in Educational Psychology.
Carmela Granata-Bernacchio, MS, SLP-CCC
Carmela has a BA in Education, an MS in Speech-Language Pathology, and was awarded a Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech Pathology. She is also a licensed teacher, with an additional license as a Teacher of the Speech/Hearing Handicapped.
In her thirty-four years in the field she has experience in both mainstream and special educational school settings including supervision of special educational programs for both preschool and school aged children.
She developed a NYS approved Special Education Program for preschoolers which promoted inclusion in the typical preschool settings. This model has also been generalized and used in school-aged programs. She has owned and directed a successful early childhood center for eight years and is currently the owner and director of Humanistic Consultants, Inc., which has offices in Mineola, NY and in a private school on Long Island. She is also the director of the not for profit organization P.A.C.E., (Parent And Child Education, Inc.) which provides parenting workshops and seminar programs throughout the state. She is a member of the Advanced Brain Technologies Faculty.
Lorraine Sgarlato, Au.D
Dr. Sgarlato is a Board Certified and Licensed Audiologist. Her experience spans over 30 years in the healthcare field having worked in hospitals and clinics throughout Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
In 1979, Dr. Sgarlato received a B.A. in Psychology from Brooklyn College, NY. She went on to obtain a Master's degree in Speech Pathology/Audiology from Adelphi University in 1981. In 2002 she was awarded a clinical doctorate degree in Audiology from Salus University. Dr. Sgarlato is a board certified audiologist and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by American Speech Hearing Language Association since 1984.
In 1996 Dr. Sgarlato opened up a private practice in Yardley, PA where she services children with learning and developmental disabilities using evidence based therapies. She employs occupational therapists, teachers, physical therapists, and holistic practitioners. In addition, Dr. Sgarlato has been on staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Hamilton New Jersey since June of 2000. Here she evaluates and treats children and adults with hearing, balance and auditory processing disorders.
As one of the experts in the field of auditory processing disorders, Dr. Sgarlato lectures to community groups and organizations locally as well as nationally. Some previous lectures include: "Brain Fitness As We Age", 'Improving Brain Function in Children and Adults", "What is an Auditory Processing Disorder?", "APD vs. A.D.H.D."., "Autism: Diagnosis and Treatment from an Hearing Specialist's Perspective", Therapeutic Interventions to Improve the Brain's Internal Clock". Dr. Sgarlato has been trained in many types of evidence based programs and therapies including "Lindamood-Bell", "Fast ForWord Language and Reading", "Interactive Metronome", "The Listening Program", and "Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention". She is an adjunct faculty member for Interactive Metronome and serves on their clinical advisory board.
April Christopherson, OTR/L
April has been an Occupational Therapist for almost 20 years and has worked with diverse populations in a variety of settings — including home health, private clinic and in-patient rehabilitation. She is the owner of MaxAchieve, Inc. in Colorado Springs, CO where her current clientele range from pediatrics to adults to high performance athletes, both stateside and internationally. She is the creator of the BrainFirst! neuro based treatment for clients. She believes in a whole, team approach to the client — including various medical professionals and therapists plus the use of functional neurology and metabolic/nutrition counseling. She also works exclusively with the Shandy Clinic in Colorado Springs, CO as the Director of Occupational Therapy providing solutions to families with children suffering from Autism, Asperger's, ADHD, and other diagnoses. April has worked as a legal consultant and as an expert witness throughout the United States. She sits on the Advisory Board for Interactive Metronome Corporation as well as teaching both introductory and advanced continuing education courses to professionals.
April was granted her degrees in Occupational Therapy and Psychology from St Ambrose University in Davenport, IA in 1991. She has furthered her education by taking courses and attending conferences that foster her knowledge in helping clients recover neurological functioning from the lowest level to the higher cognitive and executive levels - such as Boehme Approach to Treatment of the Baby, Sensory Integration Clinics (various), The Listening Program®, Interactive Metronome, Alert Program, Talk Tools, Treating Drug Affected Children, OT in the Schools, Benbow's Loops and Other Groups, Marriage and Family Counseling, Nutrition, Studies in Neurology, Traumatic Brain Injury, and various other certification classes. She uses Interactive Metronome in conjunction with The Listening Program as an intensive neurological treatment option for qualified clients and as an introductory functional treatment option for pediatric clients.
Olga Georgieva, SLP
Olga has been a Speech Language therapist for over 19 years. A graduate of Sofia University in 1992, she began her career as the speech therapist in a clinic for the treatment of children with cerebral palsy, and worked there till 1999.
She then became the supervisor for speech therapy students' practice work within the therapy centre of Sofia University in Sofia, Bulgaria; in addition to her own work as a speech therapist in the centre.
In 2004 Olga and other colleagues: speech therapists and psychologists, established a private centre, Logos ABV. In her role as a therapist, she is an experienced provider of The Listening Program® (ABT CP-BC) She has additional training as a Brain Gym provider, and with the British Dyslexia Association. She has specialized in field of early language development, in addition to dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, and auditory processing.
Olga is the International Representative for Advanced Brain Technologies' The Listening Program®, and trains providers in Bulgaria and Turkey. She is also the author of educational materials for SEN children, and training materials for parents and teachers.
Yumiko Nakajima, BA
Yumiko Nakajima is a founder and co-director of Natural, Inc. in Nagano, Japan. She originally trained as a Tomatis Counselor, and started a Tomatis Listening Center in Nagano in 1996. Utilizing Audio Psycho Phonologies, she provided the Tomatis method of listening training to clients ranging in age from 4 to 90, until 2010.
Yumiko's main focus is to support language acquisition. However, through those fifteen years she also helped professional musicians achieve better performance, young mothers prepare for childbirth, supported students and adults who were interested in peak performance, and helped children with speech and learning difficulties. Through her depth and breadth of experience, in addition to her background as a harp player, she learned the importance of supporting the health and enhancement of the auditory processing system.
Sadly, Dr. Tomatis passed away during that time, and Yumiko decided to explore other ways to support the auditory system through listening training. She became a certified provider of The Listening Program® in 2010, and shortly thereafter became the International Representative in Japan for The Listening Program® family of products.
Yumiko shares Advanced Brain Technologies' mission to make sound brain fitness universally available and is passionate about creating more awareness in Japan of the support that The Listening Program can provide to so many different people.
Adriana Rivas, MD, Au.D.
MD, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Bogota - Colombia.
Specialist in Audiology, Corporacion Universitaria Iberoamericana, Bogota - Colombia.
Doctor in Audiology, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL - U.S.A.
Member of the Colombian Association of Audiology, American Academy of Audiology and International Society of Audiology.
Vice-Manager of Medical-Scientific affairs, Coordinator of Implants Program at Clinica Jose A. Rivas, Bogota - Colombia.
Clinical Director for Middle-America, Medical Electronics (Med-El), 1997-2002.
Author and collaborator in several papers and book chapters in specialized scientific journals and books on Audiology and related sciences.
Elizabeth Grambsch, M.A.
Elizabeth Grambsch, M.A. founded the Crescendo Learning Center LLC in Minneapolis, MN and has delivered sound, music and movement-based educational programs to traditional and non-traditional learners for 30 years. She is a master teacher, author, coach, sound healer and musician with exceptional knowledge and experience in working with children, parents and professionals who want to develop their performance skills and improve their listening, language and learning skills.
Elizabeth holds a Master's degree in Human Development, an inter-disciplinary program with emphasis on neuro-developmental approaches to learning, psychophysiology of listening, auditory processing, music and language acquisition, and special training in prenatal and infant neuro-development. She has extensive training in music pedagogies, including prenatal and early childhood music, reflex integration, listening programs and sound healing and has taught at university, hospital, school and private practice settings.