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The Science behind SAS

Recent advances in brain research has made it possible to develop the SAS method which is now being researched, developed and implemented in schools in the U.K. and by families throughout the world. There are a number of dedicated SAS Centres in U.K., Australia and Turkey, while the SAS At Home courses can be ordered via the internet.

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Read this in-depth article on the SAS Methodology by Steven Michaëlis: "Auditory Processing and the Brain".

The SAS programmes use music, language and tones, administered through headphones, as a tool to reach and activate the two brain hemispheres. As sounds from the right ear go mainly to the left and sounds from the left ear mainly to the right side of the brain, it is possible to activate the brain in a co-ordinated manner.

SAS headphones to brain diagram

SAS has developed a range of unique intervention programmes which employ a variety of techniques such as movement of sound, timing and phase variations, specific tone differentials and ear-specific programmes. These will train the brain to process faster, improve synchronisation of the two brain hemispheres and enhance learning.

Uniquely designed therapeutic stories are used to strengthen the specialised language centres in the brain and to build confidence and self-worth.

SAS programmes are tailored specifically to the needs of individual clients, by using varying levels of activation intensity, a range of breathing and brainwave frequencies, and structured sequences that introduce different elements in a controlled manner.

For the client the process is simple and entirely safe. Just by listening each day to the specially processed sounds through headphones the brain will receive a healthy processing work-out. By doing this for a number of weeks the brain establishes a new, lasting habit of processing in a faster and more effective way. Many learning difficulties such as attention and concentration, reading, writing and speech, and behavioural issues are all related to how well we use our two brain-halves and their specialised processing centres. That is why this new method is so exciting as it can help children and adults with a wide range of difficulties to improve performance in daily life.

A typical SAS Neuro-Sensory Activation programme is designed to:

  1. Activate the auditory processing centres in the brain with the aim to improve the ability to recognise, filter and process sound and speech input, leading to less sensory overload, faster understanding, better verbal expression and improved reading and writing.
  2. Activate the other sensory processing centres in the brain (vision, touch, smell and taste) with the aim to reduce sensory overload and improve overall functioning.
  3. Activate the balance (vestibular) system with the aim to improve balance, proprioception, fine and gross motor skills and visual tracking.
  4. Promote right-ear dominance with the aim to improve speech recognition, faster understanding and better verbal expression.
  5. Promote inter-hemispheric integration with the aim to speed up processing in the brain, leading to better understanding and improved overall functioning.
  6. Change breathing rhythms with the aim to relax or activate the client and change brainwave habits that can be the underlying cause of attention deficit, hyperactivity and speech difficulties such as stuttering.
  7. Change belief systems with the aim to build self-worth, confidence and motivation.