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 AIT Helps Improve the Lives and Learning of Those with Autism, ADHD, Hyperacute Hearing, Speech Delays & 10 Days.

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AIT is the #1 clinically studied auditory based educational intervention!  All sessions are conveniently completed at home under the supervision of an AIT Practitioner. AIT services are available in the USA, Canada and other English speaking countries.

AIT requires 10 hours of sound therapy, with 20 sessions of 30 minutes each, done 2 times daily over 10 consecutive days.  This listening therapy helps to correct hyperacute hearing,  tinnitus and other auditory challenges.

AIT has been used successfully with children and adults with many different diagnoses for over 60 years.  

Remarkable results are achieved for many families. There are more than 60+ years of clinical research and 28+ scientific studies on AIT.

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Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Auditory Integration Training

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Testimonial by the Parent of a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder written 4 weeks after AIT.
July of 2005

AIT For Sensory Issues: Many parents and practitioners alike are eager to know more about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and the how those who have sensory processing issues can best benefit from educational training methods and therapies available. Auditory Integration Training has provided significantly gains to individuals with Sensory Processing Disorder .

“The only word that I can use to describe B's progress is amazing!!! His anxiety level has decreased dramatically. I can calm him down in almost any situation. He is also playing differently (a lot of make believe) and speaking in longer sentences. I haven't changed much of his other therapies so I have to give the credit to the Auditory Integration Training.”

Testimonial by the Parent of Child with Sensory Processing Disorder written 8 weeks after AIT.
 August 2005

“He's still improving and making jumps - even his sensory issues seem to be improving. If you decide to come back next summer I definitely want B to do Auditory Integration Training again.”

Key Symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD):

  • A child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) has a vestibular system that is out of balance.

  • A vestibular system that is out of balance is a strong indication for Auditory Integration Training. The vestibular system of those with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is either over or under-reactive.

  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is not conducive to efficient learning, appropriate behavior, or even-tempered emotional response.

  • Sensory information is distorted compared to that of neuro-typical individuals - a person will be either hyper-sensitive or hypo-sensitive, either seeming to have too much or too little stimulation.

  • Sensory information is not efficiently integrated and processed.

  • The individual is sensitive to loud sounds.

  • The person with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) has poor large and small motor skills.

  • Sounds may be difficult to discriminate, especially in the presence of background sound.

  • Hyper-sensitivity to touch, smell, taste and textures of food may be present.

  • Movement, balance, vision and orientation can be negatively impacted.

Benefits for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder After Auditory Integration Training

  • Improved hearing and listening ability

  • Improved understanding

  • Improved social interactions

  • Improved attention span

  • Improved ability to follow directions

  • Improved ability to organize ideas

  • Improved sensory processing capabilities

  • Improved coordination and balance

  • Improved expressive language (clarity, sentence length, content)

  • Increased comfort levels, increased calm

  • Increased comprehension of auditory input

  • Increased discrimination of sounds

  • Improved school performance

  • Increased tolerance and decreased sensitivity to sound

  • Increased tolerance to changes in environment and routine

  • Decreased sensory overload

  • Decreased tactile defensiveness

  • More even temperament

  • Decreased and less frequent anxiety

How Does AIT Help those with Sensory Processing Disorder?

  • Berard AIT uses 20 sessions of intensive frequency-modulated music over 10 (or 12) days to present intensive and novel sensory stimulation to the ears and auditory system as a whole.

  • AIT is designed to be an enjoyable experience.

  • AIT the retrains the ears and improves the efficiency of hearing and auditory processing

  • AIT exercises the stapedius muscle, thus improving the acoustic reflex.

AIT Impacts the Vestibular System in these ways:

  • Auditory Integration Training Results in a Healthier Stapedius Muscle (Acoustic Reflex).

  • Positively affects the vestibular system in the inner ear. When the acoustic reflex and the vestibular system are functioning efficiently, information is sent to the brain without confused and mixed-up signals.

  • Helps the ears screen out background noise.

  • Eliminates or reduces distortions (a person can be hypo-sensitive, hyper-sensitive, or both)

  • Helps focus and concentrates hearing.

  • Reduces the sounds of one’s voice, swallowing, chewing.

  • Helps to correct control of eye movement.

  • Properly activates the function of the inner ear structures.

  • Assists to combine the acoustic reflexes with those of the visual and proprioceptive systems for control of movement and body awareness.

Understanding Sensory Issues in Autism:
Hypersensitive Hearing Can Be Treated With Auditory Integration Training
(10:57 minutes)


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