Music can change the world. It can help communication without words, it can operate as a powerful tool to express one’s feelings and it is also known to be therapeutic: for people with special needs music can affect their moods, reduce stress and enhance self-confidence. Furthermore, research has shown it has a cognitive affect and can help change and mold certain brain patterns.
As a cutting-edge foundation for special needs treatment, we strive to provide the best and newest programs and facilities for our clients. Tom Method is just one of the special programs we offer at Chimes Israel.
Tom Method – Musical communication and Relaxation, is a method of music therapy which makes use of a variety of tools & instruments, some are musical while others are constructed from all kinds of materials- recycled, highly colorful, special shapes, toys etc. The Method was founded by Dani Meizal, a former high-tech employee that decided to search for a new and meaningful way of living. Dani who was a Didgeridoo player, has discovered that when he plays for people and children with special needs they react not only to the music and the melody, but to the vibrations and movement of the instrument as well. The “Tom” Method promotes communication, relaxation, concentration and touch, all which are essential in our work with children with special needs.
What started as a one-week class at “Amal” Extended school day care center in Holon has become an expanded program at chimes establishments. Once seeing the impact of the tom method on our clients, we decided to train additional instructors of the Tom method for the benefit of all of our children and adults at chimes different facilities and daily curriculum.
Work with special non-conventional instruments effected our proteges in more ways than can be explained; the interactive element of the instruments has made it all an amazing and exiting experience, the collaboration with in the group and with the instructor, the joint laughter of those who used to shut down, there arent enough words to describe this miraculous experience.