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AIT is a clinically effective 10 hour auditory intervention that will correct auditory processing challenges that are present in autism and many other diagnoses. Berard AIT consists of 20  sessions that are 30 minutes each, done 2 times daily over 10 or 12 consecutive days.

New, affordable Practitioner supervised At Home AIT services are now available in the USA and Canada and certain other countries!

AIT is an clinically researched educational intervention  used for over 40 years with over 28+ scientific studies that show positive gains that demonstrate  effectiveness.

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What Is AIT: All About Berard Auditory Integration Training

Supervised At Home AIT is Now Available!

"Everything happens as if human behavior were largely conditioned
by the manner in which on hears."
Dr. Guy Berard, Inventor of Berard AIT

 

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Facts for Parents About Auditory Integration Training

The current Berard AIT protocol requires that a Participant listen to modulated music on device developed for Berard AIT, using high quality headphones for a total of ten (10) hours, over 10 (or 12) consecutive days under the supervision of a professional trained AIT Practitioner.

AIT Auditory Integration Training:
What It AIT And How It Works in 10 Days

(11:00 minutes)

This video about Berard AIT was produced by and features
Laurie Ross-Brennan, Associated AIT Practitioner, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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

 
 

Cost of Auditory Integration Training

Insurance Coverage and Auditory Integration Training
Read more about Insurance and Berard AIT

  • AIT is not a medical intervention and is not therefore not intended to be covered by medical insurance.
  • Any non-medical AIT Practitioners who bill insurance or encourage Participants to submit bills to insurance for Berard AIT are violating the principals of Berard AIT, their certification instructions as a AIT Practitioners, well as professional ethics.

How Does AIT Work?
Read also "Auditory Integration Training and the Brain".

  • Dr. Berard developed a scientific method of retraining the ear's acoustical reflex muscle - known also as the stapedius muscle so that the Participant will be able listen and to process sounds more normally without distortions and delays.
  • AIT is also documented to improve the flow of blood to the brain.
  • AIT is based on Dr. Berard's theory that the use of his specifications to electronically modulate and filter selected music retrains the ear and auditory system to work properly.  
  • Dr. Berard discovered that hypersensitivity, distortions and delays in the auditory signals contribute to inefficient learning.

What Does Auditory Integration Training Accomplish?

  • AIT retrains a disorganized auditory system.  The end result is that there is a more efficient processing of auditory information as a result of the 10 day Berard AIT program.
  • Once the cause of the hearing and auditory processing problem is corrected, all therapy and other educational interventions can often become more effective.  Changes can then occur that enable the Participant  to achieve at a higher level.
  • AIT works on the auditory nervous system. Since that is intertwined with the language neurology in many cases, limited verbal children start talking more after AIT. Many who have stopped progressing in language therapy start improving again.
  • AIT stimulates the white matter nerves that help us connect with and retrieve words that are already in there, as well as learning new words better because they come in clearer.
  • The AIT has over 30 years of scientific research and there are 28 clinical studies in the USA documenting its efficacy.
  • The human body is constantly impacted by internal and external sound stimulation and vibrational energy.
  • Each organ in the human body responds to a different sound frequency. When the listening process is not working properly, it can interfere with our entire system, our overall health and our ability to function in harmony.
  • The way our bodies respond to and process sound and vibrational energy affects us deeply.  
  • Sound and frequency impacts our overall health, mood, energy level, alertness, attention span, focus, concentration, information processing and how we express ourselves, both verbally and in writing.

Important Berard AIT Protocols to Know

  • AIT is a non-medical and is designed to be comfortable, pain free, non-invasive and pleasant experience.
  • AIT is Non-Medical: AIT devices are not considered to be medical devices and it is an educational intervention.  AIT devices are not under the jurisdiction of the FDA.
  • Age Minimum: The Berard AIT protocol requires that the minimum age for participation is about three (3) years old.
  • Maximum Age: there is no maximum age for AIT.

Current Devices Used for Auditory Integration Training

Volume Levels Used During Auditory Integration Training

  • The volume of the music used for AIT is set well under the safety guidelines established by Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).
  • The 85 dBA level for a total of one-hour per day is well below the OSHA guidelines for non-hazardous noise levels.
  • The OSHA Noise Standard permits exposure to an average noise exposure of 85 dBA for eight continuous hours.
  • There is a safety that keeps its "average maximum output" from exceeding this level of 85 dB. Those working with children age 3 and 4 and those with autism generally keep the volume at 65 dB.
  • For a child 4 years and older through adults, the best effect from AIT will be achieved at a setting that is comfortably loud for that individual.
  • The AIT Practitioner will set the volume at a level that is "comfortably loud" for the listener.
  • Observers need to watch the Participant for signs of discomfort if a Participant is unable to to verbalize this.
  • As the sessions progress, the sound level will attempt to increase in volume, while always maintaining a volume that is "comfortably loud" for the Participant.

Number of AIT Sessions

  • The Berard AIT protocol requires a total of 20 sessions. 
  • Each AIT session is 30 minutes per day, done two (2) times per day.

  • There is a minimum of 3 hours in between listening sessions.

  • Berard protocol allows that the 20 sessions may occur either:

    • over a 10 consecutive day period
      OR
    • the 20 sessions may occur over a 12 day period which includes 5 consecutive days, then a 2 day weekend break, followed by another 5 consecutive days.

Audio Testing for Auditory Integration Training
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The Audio Test for AIT, if reliable can be done and reviewed to determine the true nature of a Participant's hearing, but is not required. 

  • If a Participant is able to cooperate with such tests, they are the basis for determining if filters - if any - will be used during AIT sessions.
  • It is recommended that the ear health check be only a few days prior to Berard AIT.
  • It is recommended that audio tests be done within 7 days of beginning AIT.
  • The closer the audio testing, if done, is done to the beginning of Berard AIT, the better.

Testing for the Use of Filters

  • Note: Additional filters for AIT are NOT required on clients with autism, those age 6 or under or those who can not comply with audio testing. Even those doing audio tests may not require possible filters.  AIT is equally effective without additional filters.  One of the largest AIT clinical studies ever done for AIT research was conducted in this manner.
  • Audio testing must be done by a qualified audiologist or qualified professional trained to administer such test who is able to provide the specific information required by the Berard Testing Protocol and who also has experience interpreting such tests.
  • For audio testing to be valid, a Participant must be able and willing to accurately respond to a series of tones through special headphones to determine the Participant's threshold for each tone.  
  • For audio tests results to be used for AIT, all 11 frequencies from 20 db to a -20 db (relative to the individual) for each ear must be tested. Read more.
Audio Testing of Very Young Children and Special Needs Children
  • In most cases, children under the age of 65 and those with special needs will have difficulty cooperating with the tests due to the nature of the audio testing required to use filters.
  • Those for whom a valid test can NOT be obtained for AIT, the AIT is without additional filters and has been proven in studies to still be very effective and very helpful as an intervention.
What If A Participant Gets Sick Sessions?

If a Participant gets an fluid in the ear or an ear infection during AIT sessions may need to discontinue.

  • Ear Health Check: We suggest that ears are checked before AIT if is there is a suspected or recent ear infection before beginning AIT listening sessions.
    Ear Infections: AIT must not be conducted if the Participant has an active ear infection or a perforated eardrum. After the ear infection has cleared up, AIT can begin again.  It is usually safest to wait 2 weeks to  one month after an ear infection before re-starting AIT.
  • Temporary Ear Tubes: AIT must not be conducted if an ear tube is loose.
  • Permanent Ear Tubes: If permanent ear tubes are in securely then AIT is allowed.

What May The Participant Do During the AIT Sessions? Read AIT Treatment Guidelines

  • Relax and Listen: The child should be encouraged to be in a calm environment and just listen during Berard AIT and relax in a bean bag or other comfortable chair.
  • Food: No eating is allowed during AIT sessions.
  • Permitted: Coloring or drawing is permitted or played with soft toys, fidgets, sensory toys, etc.
  • Physical Contact: A parent may give a back, arm, hand massage if this comforts a young child doing sessions.
  • Reading: No reading or homework is allowed during AIT sessions.
  • Sleeping: the participant should remain awake during all of the AIT sessions and be actively listening for the maximum benefit of Berard AIT.  Some children become very drowsy during Berard AIT session and afterwards.

What to Avoid During Auditory Integration Training Sessions
Read AIT Treatment Guidelines and Read Parents AIT Tips

  • AVOID: All activities that require planned fine motor skills. These activities would include such things as building in a specific pattern puzzles, building Lego's or blocks. Coloring or drawing is permitted or played with soft toys, fidgets, sensory toys, etc.
  • AVOID: TV, hand held gaming devices, internet, smart phones, computer work, etc.
  • AVOID: Additional lifestyle stress for the participant during ATI.
    AIT should be conducted with the participant under as little stress as possible.
    It is recommended that parents discontinue or keep all outside activities and other therapies to a minimum during the 10 days of Berard AIT.
  • Any subsequent set of 20 AIT sessions should not occur in less than six (6) to nine (9) months from the date of the completion of the previous AIT session.

  • Autistic Children Repeating AIT: repeating AIT for any subsequent set of 20 Berard AIT sessions should not occur in less than one (1) year from the date of the completion of the previous Berard AIT session.

The Story of Berard AIT and Dr. Guy Berard:
AIT And Remarkable Success In Treating Autism!

(13:11 minutes)

 


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