The Cluas Programme

The Cluas Programme has been developed over the past ten years by Pascal Maher, founder and Clinical Director of Cluas, and Ronan Maher, Programme Director of Cluas.

Cluas has been in operation since 2003 and over 1000 children, teenagers and adults have successfully completed Cluas programmes. We provide Cluas @ Home programmes for teenagers from our centres and will also provide programmes from Cluas Regional Centres across the country shortly. See Our Centres for more information.

The Cluas centres are open all year, including school holidays and Cluas @ Home programmes start every three weeks. Information about the normal programme structure and length is available at Cluas @ Home programme. Also included here is information about how progress is monitored and reviewed with parents during and after the programme.

Hearing and Listening

Hearing and listening are not the same! We hear sounds around us all the time but we do not always listen.

Listening is the ability to tune into selected sounds, process the sound and understand what the sounds mean. Listening is an active process compared to hearing which is a passive.

Many young people, with a range of developmental difficulties ranging from reading difficulties to speech and language difficulties to problems making friends and learning well in the classroom are poor listeners. Their poor listening is due to Auditory Processing Difficulties.

Auditory Processing Difficulties describe a set of difficulties in the way that individuals process sound – that is “what they do with what they hear”.

At Cluas we work with young people’s auditory processing difficulties in order to improve their studying abilities, reading and comprehension abilities, attention and concentration, and social difficulties to name but a few.

What is The Cluas Programme?

At the core of the Cluas programme is a unique system of sound stimulation – our programme uses sound (music and the human voice) in order to retrain and improve a young person’s auditory processing skills. We use specialised sound equipment, to retrain the way the children gather and process information.

In brief our programme “tunes” (like tuning a radio) young people’s ears and develops their auditory processing, so that they receive, process and understand all types of information in a significantly more efficient way. This process of retraining the way in which a young person processes information facilitates, encourages and accelerates a young person’s development in a wide range of areas, including speech and language, the written word, social information and also the ability to filter out un-needed information (thus being able to pay good attention in class or at home).

Individualized Programme for each student

At Cluas we provide an individualised sound stimulation programmes for each young person using our specialised sound equipment and we use specially recorded and modified classical music.

Depending on each individual person’s needs specific music will be played through our sound equipment, which processes and alters various acoustic parameters of the music. The music is delivered to each young person using a unique pair of headphones. The specialised headphones deliver the music in two different ways: by Air Conduction and by Bone Conduction.

We use specific music which is processed in order to stimulate the development of speech and language, communication, vestibular and cochlear systems and general neural development. The music is an essential part of the programme, but of greatest importance is how we process this music – through a complex system of  “gates”, “filters” and “channels” – to improve their processing abiliites.

The Cluas programme is extensive, with each programme devised to suit the unique needs of each young person; the programme is also reviewed and re-attuned to the young person’s changing needs, as their program progresses.

More information about the normal programme structure and length is available at Cluas @ Home programme. Also included here is information about how progress is monitored and reviewed with parents during and after the programme.

Also, more information on how parents arrange for an assessment and how to arrange a Cluas @ Home programme is provided at How can we help?