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Berard AIT is a 10 hour auditory intervention. There are 20 supervised listening sessions of 30 minutes each, completed over 10 or 12 consecutive days. AIT has many scientific studies. The minimum age recommended is 3 years.

AIT Practitioners are  trained professionals. AIT Session prices in the USA range from about $1,200 to 2,000. Prices will vary internationally by county.

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Watch This 11 Minute Video Now To Learn More About Auditory Integration Training!
This video about Berard AIT was produced by and features
Laurie Ross-Brennan, AIT Practitioner, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Parents considering AIT are urged to watch this 11 minute educational video now!  This video explains the basics of Berard AIT, why AIT works, and the many types benefits AIT provides as a sound therapy.  In this video, parents, teachers and other professionals provide true success stories and testimonials about the impact of AIT on the lives of children.

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Watch An AIT Success Video:
"Evan's Success Story with Auditory Integration Training"
produced by Connie Soles, AIT Practitioner, Hampton, Virginia

Watch this inspiring short minute video about 5 year old Evan diagnosed with autism - who responded beautifully to Berard AIT!

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Read About Evan's AIT Success Story
by Connie Soles, AIT Practitioner, Hampton, Virginia

"Five-year old Evan lives with his parents in Winchester, Virginia. I spent ten days with them to understand their family dynamics and treat Evan with Auditory Integration Training.

As with many autistic children, Evan resisted being held, squirmed and whined, could not maintain eye contact, and talked seldom. When I first met him the best his mother Paula could do was try to keep him on her lap.

I discovered that Evan was also very light-sensitive and at first needed a dim room to function even marginally—but ironically his response to light became an indicator of his progress. By the third day he could wear the headset if his brother Ryan would lie on the sofa with him in a dim room, and he began calling his AIT sessions his “goodnight music time.” As a reward for listening quietly I offered him a “drum machine” and he began to play definite rhythms and experiment with the melodies programmed into it.

This phase of his development peaked when he was able to remember and sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” in response to Ryan in a fully lighted room. By the way, I have noticed that many autistic children seem to have perfect pitch, and Evan appears to be no exception. And music evidently provides him with structure.  One day I asked him if he was ready for his music and was dumbfounded when he replied, “Yes; it’s on my schedule.”

Other advances came one on the heels of the other. Evan could now name the shirt he wanted (“Madagascar”) and dress himself. He learned to hold a sandwich and use tableware—when his place was bare in a restaurant, he indignantly asked, “Hey! Where’s my fork? He no longer covered his ears from loud noises, and his sentences were as long as 8 words. He loves water and the nearby lake, just like other children his age.

Evan now will talk on the phone and invite others to play with him. And by the way, he’s now fully POTTY-TRAINED."

Watch Another AIT Success Video:
"Trace and Ashley's Success Story with Berard AIT"
produced by Connie Soles, AIT Practitioner, Hampton, Virginia

Watch this heart warming short video about Trace, a 10 year old boy diagnosed with autism and ADHD and Ashley, his 9 year old sister with autism  - both who responded wonderfully to AIT!

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Read About Trace and Ashley William's AIT Success Story!
by Connie Soles, AIT Practitioner, Hampton, Virginia

"Ashley was almost 9 years old and her brother Trace was 10 1/2 when they first arrived with a large set of challenges, not “simple” autism alone. Trace’s ADHD kept him from concentrating to develop coherent language skills, and incomplete thoughts leaped from him like sparks. Ashley rarely spoke or responded because of poor conceptualizing — when asked to pick up a yellow ball she apparently lacked the concept of a ball, much less a yellow one. And neither one of them was potty trained.

But a few AIT sessions later their growth seemed miraculous. Suddenly they could both multitask; at the same time they listened to the AIT disks, both of them could concentrate enough to draw and spell. Their mother remarked that for the first time Trace was drawing things she could recognize, and Ashley was proud of being able to color inside the lines and assign colors to keep track of different objects. “Conventional Wisdom” has it that multiple tasks split a child’s attention. But these were autistic siblings; an invitation to these tasks not only piqued their interest in the sessions, it also eliminated any wrangling over who had their mother with them by placing her in the “nontreatment room". They now showed two new expressions — concentration while working and smiles at their results.

Soon both of them branched out. Ashley loved solving puzzles, and Trace made a variety of designs with lots of things — even candy, which was replaced in the jar instead of eaten. When one of them was in a session, the other had no trouble thinking of things to do and even talk about. Trace no longer went off in three directions at once, and Ashley’s blank stares had disappeared. Both of them discovered rhythms and made a game of them, first with objects of different sizes and then using musical notation. When they returned home everything suddenly felt dull.

The following Saturday was Ashley’s ninth birthday, and what a surprise! She invited her whole softball team, and she laughed and gabbed with her friends over her presents. She and Trace even found time to play with each other. What a change from our first meeting; their smiles and excitement made everyone happy.

Potty training was no longer a problem, and they called about their progress. And the best surprise of all was the hand drawn and lettered cards they sent for our birthdays. Now it’s hard to remember that first meeting when its place has been taken by the photo of them sitting together on the porch swing."

Watch Another AIT Success Video:
"Helena's Success Story with Berard AIT"
produced by Connie Soles, AIT Practitioner, Virginia

Watch this encouraging short video about Helena, a 14 year old teenager diagnosed with autism - who responded well to AIT!

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Read About Helena Victor's AIT Success Story!
by Connie Soles, AIT Practitioner, Hampton, Virginia

"We thought Helena would be scary—14, adult sized, and sometimes she kicked, hit, and bit when frustrated. Then in walked a sweet young lady, a little scared but smart and curious, too.

Her mom’s support and a favorite blanket calmed her, and for while she needed it; at first she spent most of her energy just finding comfort. She even smelled things to investigate them.

And then play therapy and crafts connected with AIT and hearing, and Helena’s short attention span grew, disproving the idea that autistic children can’t “multitask.” At first she resisted the headphones; then we saw that her “objections” were actually a GAME about socializing and joking with adults. She wore the phones longer each day, then started putting them on and adjusting them herself.

Her coloring began as just slashes to satisfy adult requests. Quickly the room filled with pictures and collages, and soon she had “Helena’s Gallery.” She layered pinks, blues, purples, greens, and reds as she made sea creatures, animals, hands and feet, and even letters into art. She spelled her name, then words, and the “gallery” grew.

Soon she went to the session room because it was FUN. She strung beads with deep concentration, looking up only to laugh. She solved puzzles quickly by turning the pieces so the heads were on top. She connected deliberate movements with the word S-L-O-W, and laughed at the concept with us.

And all this time, amazing Helena increased her hugs and smiles. She talked with her mother about her visits, and at the end she left a card: “to Miss Connie and Mr. Conrad,” with a square, triangle, and circle—all colored in."

Watch Another AIT Success Video:
"Ganesh's Success Story with Berard AIT"
produced by Connie Soles, AIT Practitioner, Hampton, Virginia

Watch this exciting short video about Ganesh Srinivasan, age 5, diagnosed with mild autism and hyperactivity - who responded amazing to AIT!

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Read More About Ganesh's AIT Success Story!
by Connie Soles, AIT Practitioner, Virginia

"You’d never guess it from the angel in this picture. When I first met five-year-old Ganesh he was an IFO—an Incredible Flying Object. Everything was done at a full run; he stopped only to melt down into major tantrums when batteries ran down, if it was time for bed or meals, or if nobody catered to him. His expression was limited to physical effort and a few isolated nouns and verbs. He preferred tantrums, so adults could only offer him a menu of activities to pick and choose from. His pictures, which he called “fireworks,” imitated the motions of up-and-down scribbles—in brown, of all things. It was an unhappy color for a frustrated boy.

His input was nearly all visual -- after catching him, his parents could feed him only by distracting him with a computer and sneaking waffles into him when he wasn’t looking. He looked like a tattooed pagan -- to him, art was drawing on his own body with felt pens. I couldn’t video him because he moved too fast, and trying to get him to listen got me a kick in the shins that took over three weeks to heal. He wasn’t ADHD. He simply could not assimilate by listening, and his inability to handle input just caused more frustrated activity. So everyone else was frustrated too.

But there was a way out. He worshipped his older brother Michael and adored his parents, but his feelings were unfocused. As soon as Michael and his mother started wearing them too, Ganesh put on the AIT headphones -- though, as with all children, popping bubble-wrap helped a lot. His coloring quickly became focused -- solving his hearing confusion freed him to make pictures that looked like real things instead of aimless actions, and at once he got the idea that coloring inside the lines made shapes and not just movements. He had started slowing down and observing.

Soon he stopped resisting the headphones and started responding to a range of sounds, including voices. Now he could HEAR the difference between a statement, a question, and a command. His playful father found that the mantras he had taught Ganesh began paying off. Ganesh learned patience because he could respond to the tone of those talking to him, and tantrums faded away as he saw that only sentences could get what a very bright boy really wanted.

By then his parents had stopped responding to his tantrums and had learned how to tell him what he must do and why. Ganesh’s vocabulary and grammar exploded because he could communicate just what he wanted in sentences. He could quietly play by himself on the computer (with remarks but no pants, as most boys his age do), and he even played “air guitar.” He grinned at using a fork and spoon, and proudly ate huge portions neatly at the table, a first for him.

Better, Ganesh shared voluntarily—is popup books, identifying things and even emotions in pictures, and horseplay with his father. When we confirmed what he saw and heard himself, his thoughts and laughter came like lightning. He is possibly the quickest child I have ever worked with."

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