is a 10 hour auditory intervention. It is considered to be an
educational and not a medical intervention. AIT
consists of 20
AIT Practitioner supervised
listening sessions of 30 minutes. The 20 sessions are completed over
10 or 12 consecutive days.
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Session for In Office services in the USA
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At Home AIT prices and international prices will vary by
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The Story of Berard AIT Auditory
Integration Training and Dr. Guy Berard
and AIT's Remarkable Success Treating Autism! (13:11 minutes)
Facts for Parents About Berard AIT
The current Berard Auditory Integration Training 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.
Auditory Integration Training is not a medical intervention and is
not therefore not intended to be covered by medical insurance.
Auditory Integration Training 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
Dr. Berard developed a scientific method of retraining theear's acoustical reflex
- known also as the stapedius muscle so that the
Participant will be able listen and to process sounds more normally
without distortions and delays.
Training is also documented to improve the flow of blood to
Training is based on
Dr. Berard's theory that the use of his specifications to
electronically modulate and filter selectedmusic retrains the ear and
auditory system to work properly.
Dr. Berard discovered that
hypersensitivity, distortions and delays in the auditory
contribute to inefficient learning.
4. What Does Auditory Integration Training (Berard AIT) Accomplish?
Integration Training 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.
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
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.
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.
Berard Auditory Integration Training Protocols to Know
Integration Training is designed to be a comfortable, pain free,
non-invasive and pleasant experience.
AIT is Non-Medical:
Auditory Integration Training devices are not considered to be medical
devices, they are not under the jurisdiction of the FDA.
AIT protocol requires that the minimum age for participation is
three (3) years old.
there is no maximum age for Berard AIT.
6. Current Devices Used for Auditory Integration Training
Ear Check and Audio Tests
for Auditory Integration Training are done to determine
the true nature of a Participant's hearing.
If a Participant is able to cooperate with such tests,
they are the basis for determining if filters - if any
- will be used during Auditory Integration Training
It is recommended that the ear health check be only a few days prior to Berard AIT.
It is recommended that audio tests be
The closer the
audio testing is done to the beginning of
Berard AIT, the better.
10. Testing for the Use of Filters
Note: Filters are not required on clients with autism, those who can not
comply with audio testing or all clients doing AIT
Audio testingmust 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
Audiogram Testing Protocol
and who also has experience interpreting such tests.
audio test 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.
audio testing results to be used for Berard
AIT, all these frequencies to in a range from 20 db to a
-20 db (relative to
for each ear must be tested
all 11 frequencies.
11. Audio Testing of Very Young Children and Special Needs Children
In most cases,
children under the age of 5 and
those with special needs may have difficulty
cooperating with the tests due to the nature of the
audio testingrequired to use filters.
Those for whom a valid test can NOT be obtained for Berard AIT,
the Berard protocol used without filters has been
scientifically proven to still be very effective, viable and helpful
as an intervention.
12. What If My Child Gets Sick During
Auditory Integration Training?
If a Participant gets an fluid in the ear or an ear infection during
sessions must stop immediately!
Ear Health Check: Be sure to consult a qualified health
care professional before beginning Auditory Integration Training
listening sessions to have the ears checked thoroughly.
Auditory Integration Training must not be conducted if
the Participant has an ear infection, or a perforated
After the ear infection has cleared up, Auditory
Integration Training can begin again. It is
usually safest to wait one monthbefore re-starting
Temporary Ear Tubes:
Auditory Integration Training must not be conducted
if an ear tube is loose. It is best to start
Auditory Integration Training after temporary ear tubes are removed.
Permanent Ear Tubes: If permanent ear tubes are in
securely, Berard AIT is permissible.
NO EATING is allowed during Auditory Integration
Absolutely NO READING is allowed during Auditory
Integration Training sessions.
PHYSICAL CONTACT : A parent may give a
back, arm, hand massage if this comforts the child.
the child should remain awake during all of the
Auditory Integration Training sessions and be
actively listening for the maximum benefit
of Berard AIT. Some children become very drowsy during
Berard AIT session and afterwards.
The child should be encouraged to SIT QUIETLY AND
JUST LISTEN during Berard AIT and relax in a bean
bag or other comfortable chair.
14. What to
During Auditory Integration Training Sessions
AVOID: ALL ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE ANY FINE MOTOR SKILLS. These activities would include such things as playing with
puzzles, drawing, coloring, cutting, etc.
AVOID: ANY TOYS, ACTIVITIES OR GAMES THAT ENCOURAGE HIGHER
LEVEL THINKING. These types of toys would include:
dolls, action figures, building blocks, Lego's, etc.
AVOID: ADDITIONAL STRESS FOR THE PARTICIPANT. Auditory Integration Training should be conducted
with the child under as little stress as possible. It is recommended
discontinue or keep all outside activities including school
and other therapies to a minimum during the 10 days of
Read Parents Tips.
Auditory Integration Training
Any subsequent set of 20 Berard AIT sessions should NOT occur in
less than six (6) months from the date of the completion of the
previous Berard AIT session.
Children Repeating Berard AIT:
repeating Auditory Integration Training 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.