Type of Improvements with AIT in Alphabetical Order
"I am writing to let you know that Christopher is so much more aware since he has been for treatment. He understands what we say to him a lot more now and will follow simple instructions. At playgroup he has started to say a few words and will sit still with the other children at story-time. Also he is sleeping better at night. Thank you so much for all your help, I would definitely recommend you to other parents in the same situation as ourselves."
"Our 8 year old daughter was being treated for dyslexia and our two sons, aged 5 and 6, were to follow the program for autistic tendencies. “In for a penny, in for a pound,” we thought and, although we were nervous and had no idea of what to expect, we were full of hope.
Within the first week we began to notice small improvements in our son’s behavior and now 12 weeks later, we are gradually getting school reports of a positive nature that a year ago we would not have believed possible. Increased concentration, improved verbal communication, better adaptability to change and a general “ settling down” to following instructions are highlighted daily.
Our daughter had been receiving specialist dyslexia tuition for the past year and both her class teacher and the dyslexia teacher have been so enthusiastic about her progress since the therapy sessions that the tutor has written to the Dyslexia Institute about her “phenomenal “ improvement.
It is difficult to put our feelings into words. We are convinced that the treatment offered at the Centre has given our children and thus our family a new lease of life. Their professional and caring support were invaluable during what could have been a traumatic experience and we will continue to stay in touch to promote what we believe to be a truly remarkable service.
The above are authentic
extracts from letters received from parents of children who were
Integration Training at the National Light and
Sound Therapy Centre in the United Kingdom. All are reprinted by
"Everyone up here is amazed at the change in Callum, he is so calm now and more aware of what is going on around him. No more aggressive behavior. He has been at school now full time since May and enjoying every minute. He took part in the school concert last week and was very good. It is like having a different child. There are no words to express the gratitude we feel for the help you have given Callum."
"This was Thomas’s
second course of treatment and we weren’t sure how much he would
benefit from it. We are delighted to say that he has improved
significantly in so many areas. This has been noticed not just
by us but the school have also noticed a remarkable change in his
concentration span and co-operation/tolerance level."
"Just a few words to say thank you for all your kindness, warmth and understanding over the past two weeks. I must confess we felt very apprehensive when first meeting you simply because we have never experienced such genuine and positive attitudes before, hence any doubt we may have had soon diminished.
Since the Auditory Integration Training Chloe has become more confident and communicative. Chloe appears to be more receptive towards trying out various activities. When Chloe’s class went out to play on some new apparatus, Chloe immediately bustled through the other children towards the apparatus and began to play (normally she would have been expected to watch the children hesitantly before having to be encouraged to join in.)
For Chloe I feel
you have given her the KEY to unlock the door. I realize there
are many parents looking for a miracle cure, and I wouldn’t want
anyone to undergo the treatment EXPECTING the vast improvements we
have experienced. Again I would say that any improvement is a
From an AIT Practitioner in the USA
"I worked with a fourteen year old girl, who had been diagnosed with depression. Her behavior at times could be bad enough for her parents to call the police. She seemed perfect when with me. I had warned her parents that negative behavior might occur. It did!! About two weeks after we completed the protocol. Police were called and a trip to her psychiatrist. The doctor was thorough and told the parents that their daughter was NO LONGER depressed. He would NOT prescribe drugs, but she was oppositional defiant...and a behavior program was planned. They were thrilled!
Her behavior had been learned because the family had been 'walking on eggs' for four years while dealing with her depression....they had created another problem...but it was fixable. They no longer worried that the daughter would commit suicide and become a statistic. I have not heard from them for a while but the last message was positive!"
"He is now in 6th grade in middle school. Aside from some teasing at the very beginning of the school year, 6th grade has been a huge success…He has been getting off the bus smiling. His grades are wonderful, nearly all A's.
He has not left a single class this year out of frustration or panic. Since 3rd grade, he had consistently left math class out of panic over new material. His has really come a long way. We are so proud of his hard work.
He got off of training wheels for good after Berard AIT. He went from needing us to get him started, and then he would pedal, and need us to actually stop him and help him off the bike all the way to complete independence on the bike…Yes, he still has more to work on, but right now, life is so good for him."
Sample of Handwriting
Improved After AIT
"It is just over two weeks since Georgina finished her treatment with you. As you know we had our miracle, reading went from 3 pages to 20, at her tutor’s – just the day before the last treatment. The day after treatment finished, Georgina had an informal assessment from the Educational Psychologist. Digit span score had tripled and other test results had jumped right up.
Georgina is now
finding school work easier. She says she can hear and see
more – but she became a believer after just a few sessions, she
could feel a change very quickly. She can learn spellings with no
problems now and reading is really coming along – the struggle is
"Before Colin had therapy he was very restless and wouldn't settle down to do anything. He didn't want anyone to annoy him or play with him.
Also he got very distressed at some
Since receiving his therapy, he has calmed down a lot and will play
for a short time with his toys. Sometimes he will go to one of his
sisters and try to make them play with him. I know the therapy has not cured
Colin but it has made a big difference and we would like to come back
again for another course of therapy."
"Although Ayman has
not shown a major change in his state, there are so many positive
improvements in his general behavior. He is not speaking yet but
is much more aware of what is going on around him. This was
observed first by friends of the family. He listens to what you have
to say to him looking at you with direct eye contact, he
smiles back and shakes hands in greetings. We had reports from the
teacher that he is more friendly towards other children in class.
He has given up some irritating habits too e.g. tearing up papers
into very small pieces."
"I just thought I
would write and let you know how Alex is getting on again. We
have seen so much progress of late it is difficult to know where to
start. His teacher is so pleased with how hard he is working
at the unit and we are delighted to see such an improvement. He is
such a wonderful boy,who brings so much joy and fun to our lives. We are just thrilled that he is making such an improvement."
"Derek has been
making good progress since we were last down. He is relaxed an
happy, more outgoing and able to enjoy events and things going on
around him. He used to have to avoid the vacuum cleaner but he
has been using it himself and wanting to. If his Dad falls asleep on
the sofa and snores, Derek goes out of the room and closes the door.
There’s none of the terrible distress he used to have over noise."
"I just thought I would write and let you know how Alex is getting on again.
We have seen so much progress of late it is difficult to know where to start! His teacher is so pleased with how hard he is working at the unit and we are delighted to see such an improvement.
is such a wonderful boy, who brings so much joy and fun to our
lives. We are just thrilled that he is making such an
"Jack is doing so well!. We always used to say Jack was in a world of his own. Now he is in our world.
There have been tremendous changes in him, too many to list, but some of the main one’s are:
Completely potty trained
Much more able to respond to verbal instructions
Has made many friends at school
Is able to tell us what he has done at school and what he had for dinner
Does not resist change in his routine and enjoys new experiences
Is much more interactive with his sister
We have been using your method of words on flash cards with him with great success. In one afternoon he memorized 102 words and was able to spell them all back to us without looking at the cards.
His teachers call him their
“Shining Star.” We cannot express our thanks
enough for all the care and dedication you have shown to him. There
is no doubt in our minds that his course of
Integration Training has been a tremendous success."
"I am convinced
Integration Training has worked for Alysia. After it
she definitely seemed to become more aware of herself and more
She also started to take more interest in everything around her,
ranging from toys, animals, books adults and other children. In
the last couple of months she has adapted from just playing
alongside the other children to interacting not just through play
but verbally as well. She has also started calling people that
she comes into contact with regularly by their names and not
always but about 60% of the time voluntarily saying “Hello nanny”
“Goodby Toni” etc. Her articulation is improving daily. We ask her
what things are and can expect to get a reply. I think that one of
the most noticeable differences in Alysia is that she wants to be
around people more. She now demands our attention and says, “Mummy
come here” or “Daddy come on” and hold out her hand for one of us to
"It is now 7 weeks since we completed Alysia’s treatment and as you know those 2 weeks were very difficult for both of us, especially the second week when at one point I actually thought about calling it a day. I’m glad that I didn’t follow that thought through as though you made no promises of improvement, Alysia did start to change while she was having treatment and has not stopped since. Since coming for treatment Alysia is adding new words on a daily basis and so far those words and words she knew before are used frequently and seem to be permanently there for whenever they are needed.
Her sleeping has
and the norm is 10 hours a night in her own bed instead of being
awake for most nights for 1 to 3 hours. Her concentration and her
attention span has also improved along with her general
understanding and wanting to understand what is said. Also her
eye contact is improving daily.
Alysia isn’t cured or recovered and we still have a long way to go but I can see the little girl I had before the age of 15 months more and more each day. It’s like watching a little bud bloom into a beautiful flower."
"The changes seen in Daniel have been very good. I have noticed that his speech is clearer and his vocabulary is now vast. His teacher has noticed his speech has improved and she said she tried to think she was imagining it but could not do this. He seems calmer and has developed the art of listening and can now be reasoned with, things can be explained to him and so tantrums can be avoided.
He has now a sense of danger and will no longer tease a dog for example to try to get it to bite him. Also today I took him and his sisters to a river to fee the ducks. Normally he would wade straight into the water if not physically stopped, but I was able to stand at a distance whilst he ran around playing and feeding the ducks. It made a usually fraught and traumatic outing into a real pleasure.
All in all
everyone seems to have noticed a difference in him, improvements all
round. I will definitely bring him for a second course of
treatment when possible and I would recommend the treatment to
anyone. You don’t know what will happen unless you try and any
improvement has got to be worth any effort and expense."
"Alex has had the same support teacher for the last five years, so she knows him well. I would like you to know that the teachers have made the following comments:
“Alex has shown a change in his work in the class. From a somewhat passive worker he has become actively involved in the class. His speech has improved. He communicates more. He now has a very good relationship with the class. He responds to class discipline.”
Most of all he is becoming more independent and happy with himself as a person. Looking back I am convinced that Light and Sound therapy has somehow acted as a catalyst to Alex, enabling these changes to occur. Also the sound sensitivity is definitely better than before.
For Chloe I feel
you have given her the KEY to unlock the door. I realize there
are many parents looking for a miracle cure, and I wouldn’t want
anyone to undergo the treatment EXPECTING the vast improvements we
have experienced. Again I would say that any improvement is a bonus.
"I thought I would let you know how Alex is progressing. In the two weeks since our visit he has gained 40 new words which is wonderful. We have had such a variety of words from ‘plug’ to ‘Yorkshire.’ I am really delighted with his progress. He certainly seems happier since his treatment and he now plays with his brother rather than alongside him and he seems to have a better understanding of what is expected of him.
I was so
apprehensive about my stay with Alex in London. I really dreaded the
two weeks in a hotel in a strange city, far removed from our sleepy
rural town here in Yorkshire. However thanks to you all, the time
went so quickly, and your support and sound advice was a great
"My son, Iain Marais
was a patient of Rosalie's at the age of 7. He's now 23 and a wonderful young man.
matriculated, completed college, he drives, he is employed in the IT
business and has exceeded ALL predictions! We will always be grateful to
Rosalie for her assistance. She was the one person that gave us hope...
and we wondered what had happened to her. May you always be blessed,
subtle - dramatic! He is more socially interactive with family and
others. Less in his "own world". More happy, more content, less
aggravated, more calm, more loving-kissing and hugging us on his own
without prompting. It is now very infrequent he will have a manic
episode - i.e. - "tantrum" - if he does it is more subtle and over in
seconds (instead of hours) and he apologizes immediately - "on his
own". He tolerates crowds and noises - up to 80% difference. We
have a new child."
From the mother of a boy who received AIT in Fall 2009.
"My 11 year
old son is ADHD/Bipolar/Sensory problems. After completing AIT a
few days ago, we have seen anywhere from 40-80% improvements in his
behaviors already. He is more compliant; more calm; more
affectionate; less aggressive; no nightmares; more talkative with us and
others, plus less sound sensitivity, etc. I look forward to spending
time with my son now and the feeling of "walking on eggshells" has
diminished. As time goes on we have been told to expect more and more
positive results. I can't imagine it getting any better. Pretty soon he
will have the best behavior among our friend's kids instead of the
worst! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"My son seems to have gotten so
organized. It's amazing! I really
appreciate the fact that you do not raise our hopes at all with AIT.
Only one with a similar child can know what I mean! Hoping is like
taking two steps backwards...but BELIEVING is winning the battle!" "I just finished working with an 8
year old child who had a diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder.
He was very verbal, but a lot of issues with his behavior, handling
noises situations, easily distracted, aggressive, bossy, controlling,
screamed when agitated, cried easily, poor attention, required, repeated
instructions and concerns about learning.
This is what Mom reports
after 2 weeks of AIT therapy: Notices words on signs
when driving and reads them. Cares about others more. Less controlling and
bossy. Eats better. More accepting of the word
NO Had one day of out of
control anger, all day - recovered much faster He doesn't get stuck on an
issue. Talks calmer and is less
frustrated. Reasons more, explains
himself & thoughts in detail Laughs more, affectionate
more, carefree spirit. Does task in reasonable
"I just finished working with an 8 year old child who had a diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder. He was very verbal, but a lot of issues with his behavior, handling noises situations, easily distracted, aggressive, bossy, controlling, screamed when agitated, cried easily, poor attention, required, repeated instructions and concerns about learning.
This is what Mom reports after 2 weeks of AIT therapy:
Notices words on signs when driving and reads them.
Cares about others more.
Less controlling and bossy.
More accepting of the word NO
Had one day of out of control anger, all day - recovered much faster
He doesn't get stuck on an issue.
Talks calmer and is less frustrated.
Reasons more, explains himself & thoughts in detail
Laughs more, affectionate more, carefree spirit.
Does task in reasonable
"I want to let you know that Jack is having a great start of 5th
grade!!! I am so excited and pleased with how things are going. I know
the AIT played a big role in how calm he is now."
"From June onwards he has been put to a Montessori School. He has settled very well. Teachers are very nice. A Special Educator comes and instructs them the way to handle this kids. They said Visva is giving very good eye contact. He obeys simple commands when told in English too. He has good sitting tolerance and doing some activities with eye hand coordination, etc. He doesn't exhibit any behavioral problems at school. Though he does not mingle and play with kids on his own, he is around them and watching them. He allows to touch them, before he wont allow.
Now he can even started
comprehending two step commands. He developed imitation skills now.
His sensory issues are very much reduced. He brushes with little help.
He can spit. He can suck now. Language has not improved very much. But
he is trying to imitate certain words. Before Visva used to cry and self
aggressive hearing the sound or cry of other kids. But now this
doesn't disturb him. I am very hopeful that Visva will show
improvement in all aspects. He is taking the vitamins regularly."
"I want to thank you again, truly, for what you’ve done for my family. Before Connor and I went through the therapy, I think both of us were at our rope’s end. I think in retrospect he may have felt like he was as bad a kid as I have felt being a crappy dad. It’s always been so hard for the two of us to communicate, which breaks my heart. And no kid should go hide in his room and feel depressed like he has for no reason.
I am very VERY happy to say that my son and I have a relationship now. A positive one that doesn’t involve me losing my temper and raising my voice. Kids are kids, but I look at my son now and I’m impressed and proud and happy to be his dad. And I’m glad to find that I’m not blowing up and losing my temper over the smallest of things anymore. Our family feels stronger, happier, more whole than I think we’ve ever been.
I jotted down some thoughts in case you have a notebook to put letters in to potential clients. Feel free to pass out my numbers.
Laurie, thank YOU
for just being kind and caring enough to help ME get through this. I
owe you so much."
Boy with a Former Autism Diagnosis who did AIT
"My name is Phyllis Kumi and I contacted the AIT Institute seeking some information for a woman who has a son who is on the Autism Spectrum. I am so happy that you emailed me though, because my brother Michael Kumi was fortunate enough to receive treatments from you some 16 years ago. My family was supposed to have provided you with updates as to how Michael was progressing. I apologize contacting you so very late.
Well, today Michael is 21 years old and is doing very well. He has experienced many of the milestones that those off of the spectrum experience: school dances, Prom, Co-Coperative placement and highs chool graduation. Mike is currently in a law clerk program at Humber College here in Toronto. His speech is very good, he is able to type well (which is good because his writing is weak). He does not have any problems with his hearing as far as we can see.
All in all things are going well for Mike and we couldn't be more pleased.
behalf of my family I would like to thank you immensely for your help. I
will pass on your contact information to the woman who requested help
for her son. If you have any questions for me, please do not
hesitate to send me an email. Thank you!"
"I wrote this on the morning I got feedback from the mother of an autistic boy who was on the home based program of AIT with the Filtered Sound Training (FST), the newly developed AIT system by Rosalie Seymour in 2008, which is a software version to apply Berard AIT. I was overjoyed and want to share with you....
Today is one of those amazing days, one of those WOW-days. Little Mikael, an autistic boy of 3 years, said his first 6-word sentence. This happened on the 4th day of Filtered Sound Training (FST).
But then, this is only one of many WOW - experiences that I see all the time.
Children in my Child Development Centre and pre-school who have poor or no social skills, poor or no interaction with peers or teachers, who put their hands on their ears and/or cry the minute some activities get a bit loud; those who are “hyper active” and can’t concentrate, cannot color in between the lines, are slow to carry out instructions, etc.; these suddenly start blooming, becoming happy little kiddies after or even while they are still in FST training. Concentration, alertness, just in general, their abilities improve.
Here are just a few examples:
Tylah* also 3 and a half years old, would come in to school and put her bag in her locker. Then she would stand in front of it: no interaction or socializing with peers nor teachers; always in the outer circle, watching without any expression on her face with no participation. In the first week of FST, she started talking nonstop. This quiet little girl, who did not take any risks, nor participate in any activities, became a girl who started singing and dancing with the others, climbing the jungle gyms, even trees… and she seemed to realize she has muscles in her face and was having fun making faces!
Rudolph was 13 when he first encountered AIT (Auditory Integration Training) – the earlier form of FST. At that point he could not climb stairs, his mother used to carry him up and down the stairs. He had poor balance and rhythm. Together with AIT, Rudolph had six months of Visual Therapy. Things turned out very differently for him. For example, he held the record for the 100m and 200m at the SA Championship for the Physically Disabled. At present he is an accomplished archer using the compound bow, and regularly competes.
I could go on and on….“Amazing”!
"My son, Iain Marais
was a patient of Rosalie's at the age of 7. He's now 23 and a wonderful
young man. He matriculated, completed college, he drives, he is employed
in the IT business and has exceeded ALL predictions! We will always be
grateful to Rosalie for her assistance. She was the one person that gave
us hope... and we wondered what had happened to her. May you always be
"My nine year old son Rhone was diagnosed with ASD at the age of 4. When we heard about the AIT program and how it was especially beneficial to those with autism we decided to give it a try. Rhone had AIT therapy at 7 years of age and at first there seemed to be little change. But by 6 months later and starting the new school year Rhone was a much different boy.
His focus was the greatest achievement in the program and his meltdowns
had diminished almost completely. I believe
AIT to really helped achieve this. Rhone developed into the higher functioning
boy that he is today."
speech and language issues, Ireland,
Mother of a Child Who Did AIT in Ireland
"By day 7 of the 10 day programme, I noticed an increase in vocabulary and improved fluency. Since completing the course I find her 'spontaneous conversation' has also improved. Before the AIT (FST) what Ava said was often in response to a question or was one of her many 'rehearsed/learnt off' phrases but many comments are now free flowing and spontaneous. Overall definitely worth doing."
Communication issues improved with AIT,
Mother of a Child Who Did AIT in Ireland
"Thank you so much… it worked a treat. I’ve been telling everyone about our success with the AIT (FST) and will recommend it to others. It’s truly been amazing the results. I’m communicating with Jane in a way I never have before. So thank you!"
Both my husband and I feel he's using better sentences, a few new words and he's started remembering words of songs and singing with very nice clarity for the first time (his kiddie songs). I also sense he's understanding me a little better, in a way our communication is a tiny bit easier.
Thanks so much, Rosalie, you've made
something possible for us that I didn't think we could ever try, I do feel we've
seen enough positive signs that we'd be wanting to give it another go in 9
"Aidin came to my Centre when he was 3 and a half years old. When he arrived in the morning and saw the group of children around him, he would start walking in circles talking to himself in his own unintelligible language, on and on, or go and lie down in a corner and fall asleep. If left he would sleep the whole day. On the 6th day of FST, he started to participate in activities such as Monkeynastix, singing, jumping, taking risks, etc. His concentration started to kick in, his speech, balance and rhythm got better.
At this stage we realized how very intelligent this little boy is, with his amazing vocabulary and general knowledge. He still receives some speech, visual and occupational therapies. We must remember that we need to see the different therapies in a holistic way, each as a part of the puzzle to make up the whole picture."
"Jacoba O'Connell-Maritz is 22 years old and autistic. Her communication skills are limited but she is high-functioning. Jacoba’s brother, Joshua rode the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge with a purpose this year. He will be pulling Jacoba behind him on her custom-built trick Joshua, 23, is a seasoned road cyclist, mountain biker and spinning instructor and this is not the first time he will be riding an unusual bike in this event for a good purpose. Last year he completed the event on a small BMX to raise funds for a sick baby. This year’s ride will be to raise funds for Jacoba to receive Auditory Integration Training which is a treatment for autism proven to be effective.
received her first session of AIT in 1994,” explains her mother, Lesley. “She
benefitted enormously and started talking and communicating with people, albeit
in her own limited way.” We feel that she will benefit greatly from more sessions of
may then become a little more self-sufficient if she could "come through" a bit
more,” she said."
"I did use AIT with 65 yr old female a number of years ago. She reported a reduction in the tinnitus. She exhibited fewer complaints of tinnitus as reported by her family members."