Parents are urged to read all of the "IMPORTANT LINKS" on this website before proceeding with AIT Sessions, so they are well informed.
"Don't over plan the child's day, or week - or yours. Berard AIT can be emotionally and energy draining for YOU as a parent as well as for your child."
"Pray for your child and/or get a Prayer Team for your child for each day - a prayer team helped us achieve amazing results, by the grace of God!"
"Keep your child home from school the week before Auditory Integration Training so they won't get sick."
"Read all the articles you can on this web site - especially precautions"
"Be ready to just "BE" there with your child. Relaxing, massaging your child's feet, snuggling, holding, calmly breathing, etc. This is quiet time for the parent, too, and your child will imitate your calmness during sessions."
"Prepare your child that this is sitting time - that is is 'QUIET LISTENING' time."
"Take notes about the changes you see in your child, both positive and negative."
"Keep a journal of post AIT observations. Also ask for feedback from your child's teacher, babysitter, other family members, etc. It's so rewarding to look back and see all the progress your child has made because of Auditory Integration Training over time!"
"Have a watch or clock there that counts backwards on a timer to see the time going down at sessions for younger children. It helps children understand how long they will be sitting through a session better."
"Talk about your expectations prior and work out a good reward system for your child. It's worth it! Never under-estimate the power of motivation!"
"Have compelling prizes and/or rewards lined up for each day of excellent cooperation by your child with the Auditory Integration Training protocol of just listening quietly (meaning: no complaints, no issues, quiet listening, sitting calmly, etc.).
"Do NOT let your child eat or the Auditory Integration Training may not be as effective!"
"Explain to you child she or she is there to LISTEN - to RECEIVE Auditory Integration Training, NOT any other kind of stimulation."
"After reading the books on Auditory Integration Training, we learned that many parents saw adjustment periods for Auditory Integration Training typically at 1 week, 1 month and 3 months.
Dr. Guy Berard's book "Hearing Equals Behavior talks about the 7th day of AIT as being a key day in AIT treatment to see changes. Try to find this excellent out of print book and read it - it's fascinating!
"Prepare yourself emotionally for possible adjustment periods, periods of aggression, etc. in your child. Try not to panic if they happen - or worry if they don't."
"Keep sensory stimulation to a minimum during the 10 days of AIT."
"Consider not doing any other therapies during this time. Major things are happening in the brain - don't overload your child!"
"Get a babysitter for your other child(ren) and help at home if needed so that you can focus on your child during AIT sessions."
"Keep things as normal as possible at home; or low key is better."
"Don't over-do it! Don't over plan as a family during your 10 days of AIT ."
"Watch food intake during Berard AIT. Keep everything healthy, as always."
"Don't over-stimulate your child! Kids can get quite physically tired during AIT."