The Davis Center is recognized as the world's premier sound therapy center and
incorporates The Davis Model of Sound Intervention as its philosophy. This model
evolved from the research of The Davis Center's founder and president, Dorinne S.
Davis, MA, CCC-A, FAAA, RCTC, BARA, her work with Davis Sound Research
Associates, LLC and the many successes of The Davis Center clients.
Ms. Davis has combined her 40+ years of experience as an Educational and
Rehabilitative Audiologist, her experience as a teacher, with her credentials in 20
different sound-based therapies to develop the model for the current and future
application of any sound-based therapy. Sound-based therapy is defined as: using
sound vibration with special equipment, modified music, and/or specific tones/beats,
the need for which is identified with appropriate testing. Sound-based therapy goes
beyond hearing, beyond auditory processing, and beyond music. Sound-based therapy
utilizes the energy of the person and supports change with the person's natural form
and function by repatterning this energy.
The concepts underlying this entire process revolves around 3 key points:
1) There are 5 laws which connect the voice, the ear, and the brain. Summarized, the
voice produces what the ear hears, and the ear emits the same stressed frequencies
as the voice. If one is modified, the other changes and the brain sends the correcting
response to the body. These laws are known as The Tomatis Effect and The Davis
Addendum® to the Tomatis Effect.
2) Every cell in the body emits and takes in sound frequencies, thereby portraying the
body as one's "Signature Symphony of Sound®". If there is an 'out of tune' frequency,
the 'instruments (cells)' of the body are not supporting the symphony and the music is
discordant. The 'out of tune' frequencies are identified. The sound is introduced to the
body and the brain then introduces the correct frequency to the cell to 'tune it up'.
3) The ear is viewed as the body's global sensory processor and not just a hearing
mechanism, as all of the body's senses are stimulated either directly or indirectly
through the ear. Sound vibration is also processed through bone response, cell
response, the nervous system, the circulatory system, and the soft tissue network of
the body. The body as a whole is considered a vibrational frequency entity.
The diagnosis of the person seeking to make change does not matter, for it is the
sound energy patterns of the body that determine the possibilities for change for each
individual. In other words, sound-based therapies force the evaluator and the client to
focus on the energy patterns of the body, not the disability-neither medical nor
educational. The disability or challenges that are helped by the therapies are as a
direct result of the 3 key points within the underlying concepts of the process. The
symptoms, disabilities and challenges are not what are addressed. Each person is
helped as an individual energy entity.
The Tree of Sound Enhancement Therapy® evolved as the developmental flow chart
for the correct administration of any sound-based therapy. While there are many
different sound-based therapies that can be administered individually with some level
of success, the best outcomes are evidenced when The Tree analogy is used.
The Tree has 6 basic parts:
1. The "Root System" addresses one's sense of hearing. The therapy(ies) offered at
this level are a form of Auditory Integration Training, which repatterns how the
acoustic reflex muscle in the middle ear responds to sound, and subsequently supports
the reception of sound in the cochlea. These therapies are modeled after the work of
Dr. Guy Berard. The changes evidenced are a result of better sound reception.
2. The "Seed" is the foundation for all sound response in the body as it addresses our
basal body rhythms, such as the heart beat or breath stream. The therapies at this
level of The Tree can be utilized at any time in the person's protocol of sound
therapies because these skills bring the person back into focus and keep them feeling
positive at their core level. These therapies introduce rhythmical patterns to which the
body responds physically and emotionally.
3. The "Trunk" addresses all responses of the ear for general sound processing
stimulation, not hearing. The programs at this level are called Listening Training
Programs and are modeled after the work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis who established the
Tomatis® Method. The changes evidenced are a result of the vibrational stimulation
through the parts of the ear: cochlea, semi-circular canals, and vestibule, as well as
the bones, circulatory system, nervous system, soft-tissue network, and cell structure
of the body.
4. The "Lower Leaves and Branches" address specific auditory processing skills such
as memory, sequencing, and discrimination. These skills are inherent in how the brain
receives information from the auditory pathway to the brain, specifically from the
cochlea to the auditory reception centers in the brain. There are numerous
sound-based therapies that address these skills either in a specific skill area such as
temporal sequencing, or with general overall auditory processing skills.
5. The "Upper Leaves and Branches" address the academic areas such as reading,
spelling and handwriting skills, which can only be maximally achieved when the
foundation of The Tree is in place. People can have these skills as splinter skills but not
always process them in their entirety. The programs suggested at this level must
include an auditory, visual, and language combination of instructional skills, thereby
allowing for full integration of the foundational skills.
6. The "Overall Maintenance of The Tree" addresses one's wellness or body support
for maintaining the learning and developmental changes obtained with the therapies
at the various parts of The Tree. The Maintenance of The Tree is depicted with a head
surrounding The Tree because it is the voice that reflects how the body is functioning.
This surrounding head reflects the combination of the Voice, the Ear, and the Brain
supporting each other for the learning and developmental changes. Currently the
voice identifies the body's imbalances and then the ear sends the correcting frequency
to the brain and body so that the body can make foundational change. This part of The
Tree can also be utilized by itself if one wants to address wellness challenges only.
"The Tree of Sound Enhancement Therapy®" is used as the developmental flow chart
for the correct administration of any sound-based therapy. However, the "Diagnostic
Evaluation for Therapy Protocol (DETP®)", following this Tree analogy, is used to
identify if, when, how long, and in what order, any or all of the many different
sound-based therapies can be appropriately applied. Depending upon the presenting
skills, either the full or partial DETP will determine if sound-based therapies can be
supportive in making positive change for the individual. According to "The Davis Model
of Sound Intervention®", once the determination is made, the correct sound-based
therapies are then introduced in the appropriate order.
The diagnostic evaluation identifies the current issues at the time of the testing. As the
person begins to make change, repeat testing is often indicated to determine if more
underlying issues may be impeding the overall success of the therapies. This is an
important part of The Tree process as root cause issues may be masked by the body's
response at the time of testing. As the layers built up over time are peeled away, the
core issues become more noticeable and then they must also be addressed. Once core
issues are stimulated and enhanced, the person can begin to build their developing
It has been consistently demonstrated by The Davis Center's clients that when a
therapy protocol, based on thorough diagnosis and evaluation, is administered in the
correct sequence, positive changes have resulted. Further, when a client has
discontinued their therapy protocol, successes have been limited. It is, therefore,
important to commit to an overall program to achieve maximum positive change.
Sound-based therapies hold great potential for making significant learning,
development, and wellness changes for any individual. The paradigm established with
The Davis Model of Sound Intervention provides an opportunity for each person to
make natural self change by repatterning their energy patterns.
Contact The Davis Center at 862-251-4637, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through
Friday, Eastern Standard Time to schedule an evaluation. Or email
Sound-based therapies are not medical treatments. They do not cure or treat medical disease conditions. They work
on supporting change in learning, development, and wellness. The Davis Center does not diagnose or prescribe for
medical or psychological conditions; nor does it claim to prevent, treat, mitigate or cure such conditions; nor
provide diagnosis, care, treatment or rehabilitation of individuals or apply medical, mental health or human
development principles beyond the scope of professional practice.