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A Tribute to Dr. Guy Berard, Inventor of
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Tribute Dr. Guy Berard, Renown Inventor of Berard Auditory Integration Training and Author of "Hearing Equals Behavior"

A tribute by Rosalie Seymour, Berard AIT Practitioner

Dr. Guy Berard died in his home in Annecy, France on June 22, 2014 at the age of 98.
He is the inventor and founder of the Berard Method of Auditory Integration Training and his important work touched the lives of many children for decades working with AIT Practitioners trained in his method, around the globe.

"Over a million people worldwide owe a grateful acknowledgement to this man.
He leaves a legacy of dedicated practitioners, who are faithful to his protocol, and some who continue to develop his protocol to make it even more accessible to a wider range of people."

Dr. Guy Berard in France

On June 26, 2014 Dr. Guy Berard died at the age of 98, attended by his wife Nicole, and his physician.  He lived in Les Ollieres, in the region Haute-Savoie, France, in the foothills of the Alps.

So, quietly, passed a man who contributed greatly to the well-being of many people in his medical practice. But it is especially as the originator of the method he named 'Auditory Integration Training' that he will be remembered.

By his own account, he went to work in Indochina and Cambodia as a medical doctor since there were few opportunities available in France at the time. He reports being strongly influenced in his approach to his patients by his assistant who advised him not to talk so much to the patients, just fix them! He brought this philosophy into all he did, being an immensely practical man who physically built his own clinic with his own hands. 

Dr. Berard recounts how he returned to France from time to time to take a number of further specializations, notably in Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) surgery.  Upon the fall of Cambodia he returned to France, and it was there that he became aware that his hearing was deteriorating with attendant tinnitus. Here followed a series of trips to find someone who could help him. As he said: "All agreed that there was no treatment, and that (he) would be completely deaf in 5 years."

Around this time he met Dr. Alfred de Tomatis whose work with modified music and sound to retrain the ear and psyche had been in operation for some years. Dr. Berard joined Tomatis' clinic, but it soon became apparent that these two thinkers were pursuing opposing concepts: Tomatis the emotional and psychiatric, and Berard the practical and mechanical one. Since he was not silent in his opinions, he soon found himself 'set free' to continue developing his own method, which we now know as AIT and Filtered Sound Training, which is the newest computer based AIT system currently used.

Thanks to the huge efforts of Annabel Stehli and her husband, Peter, who formed the Georgiana Organization to promote AIT, Dr. Berard was brought to the USA to train practitioners. When I travelled from Cape Town, South Africa, in May 1994 to be trained by him he was 78 years old. I was struck by his immense wiry energy, his fitness, and sense of humor. I recall how after a full day of teaching in Westport, Connecticut, USA, he arranged a pair of bicycles with Peter Stehli's help, because he needed to get out and moving. Peter told me he would travel anywhere he would be allowed to scuba! Didn't he break his collarbone skiing at the age of 88?

In 1999, after I had developed the Earducator in South Africa, I took it to him in his villa in Annecy (Les Ollieres), to seek his approval and comment. He was a gracious host, and he and Nicole treated me to a wonderful meal overlooking the Lac d'Annecy with its 'fete du Lac' fireworks show. He was then still as sharp and as fit as ever.  Watch a short 4 minute video about this.

Today we can list centers all around the world offering AIT, from the UK and Ireland to South Africa, from the USA and Canada to Indonesia and China. In many different countries and in many different languages, children and adults with disorders relating to listening and integration are being helped to live  more competent lives.

Over a million people worldwide owe a grateful acknowledgement to this man. He leaves a legacy of dedicated practitioners, who are faithful to his protocol, and some who continue to develop his protocol to make it even more accessible to a wider range of people.

Dr. Berard (far right next) to Rosalie Seymour and others in France

I have been always guided by his strong conviction that we need to not place impossible burdens on the children or their parents, e.g. by unnecessary expense, or unnecessary testing. But above all as a Practitioner I valued his approach to the support of practitioners. Whereas similar auditory methods make their practitioners pay huge sums to maintain their licenses, Dr. Guy Berard set us free to pursue our practices as our wit and energy took us. He was always there with advice and counsel. He used to describe the 'white rivaire' of faxes pouring into his office daily. He always answered them!

So we honor a great man, whose life's work has made an indelible mark on the landscape of assessment and intervention.

More Tributes to Dr. Guy Berard from Around the Globe

Kari J. Kindem, Founder of the AIT Institute, USA

"Dr. Guy Berard was a true humanitarian and brilliant healer to many with his innovative method of Berard AIT, a remarkable, non-invasive and drug free auditory retraining method. His life's work has impacted and transformed the lives millions of children around the globe with autism and others with auditory processing and  neurological issues.  His incredible work in the field of auditory integration training will continue forward, through the professional network of AIT Practitioners who carry on his AIT legacy and devote themselves to improving the lives and learning of countless more challenged children in the years to come."

Sharda Ramlackhan, Massachusetts, USA

"I will be thankful to Dr. Berard for as long as I shall live and to Annabel Stehli.  AIT has given a new meaning to my life and to my family.  My son received AIT from Dr. Stephen Edelson in 1991.  He was 6 years old.  He was profoundly delayed in all spheres of life.  He did not know his mother, his sister, his grandmother or any family member.  He had no fear of road or deep water.  Did not understand what was being said, had no spoken language.  Lots of mal-adaptive behaviors.  On top of all he was very sound sensitive.  AIT and ABA changed his life and my life.  All of the above issues are resolved. Sandeep is 29 years old, has a job and he is quite independent.  I was trained by Dr. Berard in 1992.  In the last 22 years since I have been in practice I have seen the lives of lots of children and their families changed world wide.  Dr. Berard was always there to fax back answers to my questions. Good Bless Dr. Berard.  I pray that he rests in peace.

Sally Brockett, MS., Connecticut, USA

"Dr. Guy Berard was a man ahead of his time. He was a true pioneer, with the courage to explore and challenge long-held beliefs. Known for his life philosophy of “efficiency”, he applied this principle to all of his work. It was his belief in efficiency that led him to develop his method of auditory integration training, now known as Berard AIT. Through years of painstaking work, with a critical eye for clinical detail, his method evolved and became the most efficient, in terms of cost, time invested, and client outcome, of any of the sound-based programs that have followed. If imitation is the greatest form of flattery, the dozens of sound interventions that have been developed based on Dr. Guy Berard’s method attest to his genius.

His memory will be honored and cherished by all who were fortunate to know him, as well as by the tens of thousands who benefit from his world-renowned Berard AIT method. Berard practitioners, clients, and friends will not only remember the extraordinary dedication of Dr. Berard and the impact he has had on all of us, but will continue his mission to improve the lives of thousands of children and adults - bringing relief, hope, and better lives to families worldwide."

Dorinne Davis, MA, CCC-A, FAAA, RCTC, BARA, Berard AIT Practitioner, New York, USA

"Dr. Guy Berard holds a special place in my heart.  He was the first person to introduce me to the field of sound-based therapies.  His controversial program, called initially Auditory Training, transformed my life professionally.  While he was unable to exactly tell me how his program made change, I saw the change and made it my life long goal to examine the impact of sound, specifically what I later termed sound-based therapy, on individuals.  The momentum that what is now called Berard Auditory Integration Training allowed me to study and interpret has never ended.  AIT is an important part of The Davis Model of Sound Intervention®.

Having visited Dr. Berard in Annecy, being welcomed into his home, and asking me to be an instructor of his method, I was honored that he allowed me to become a part of his life.  I thank you Dr. B for awakening what has become my true passion in life.  I can never thank you enough."

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