AAR is a provider of educational interventions that serves children and adults who are dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADD, ADHD, CAPD, SPD, Autism, Dyslexia, Traumatic Brain Injury and other conditions. AAR also works with people who experience challenges but are without any specific diagnosis. Much of what we do is in-home for parent’s convenience.
AAR’s primary practitioner and educator is Jennifer Scoville, who holds a BA in Early Childhood Education, a BA in Psychology, is a Certified Montessori Educator with over 25 years experience with children aged 2-12. She founded and operated Asheville Montessori School (AMS) in North Carolina and led the school for 18 years until beginning to work with special needs populations in late 2001. (The school exists today in Asheville, NC)
When assisting children and adults with ADD, ADHD, CAPD, SPD, Autism, dyslexia and other conditions, the purpose had been to help clients increase comfort and ability in every-day life. The practice has helped hundreds of individuals feel more focused, attentive, and able to do better in all their pursuits – work, school, social experiences and communication, etc.
AAR began its work using the name Autism/ADD Hearing Retraining, and later, Sounds and Mind Processing and offered Berard Auditory Integration Training, primarily in the western US. AAR is now based in Asheville, NC.
When serving children and families, it’s AAR’s wish to do so with a true respect for parents who, in seeking for solutions for their children, have come to value methods that offer true solutions opposed to those methods that only manage or compensate for a difficult condition. She finds that parents often have an intuitive understanding of what their own children need most. When parents read in depth about AIT , they are often hearing about re-training imbalanced and distorted hearing for the first time. Up till that time, they’ve never heard of such a thing. These parents often have startling flashes of understanding and their children’s specific challenges begin to make more sense.
It is very common for a child to go to a speech therapist for a very long time and still struggle with pronunciation when they repeat the distortions that they hear.Most practitioners, parents and teachers do not realize this. A child who passes a hearing screening may hear sounds easily, but have very distorted hearing.
AAR’s outlook on DD, sensory issues, focus and attention, etc.:
Many parents have long suspected what specialists now admit – that ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism, etc., all represent a continuum. The subject is complex, so for each person, there’s a serious need for a bio-medical approach with traditional functional medicine. With this approach, the body is seen as an integrated system.
Practitioners of bio-medical approaches tend to recommend therapies, educational interventions and trainings that help their patients integrate abilities various functions -the sensory system, vestibular and proprioceptive systems, etc. Integration is KEY. Our capacity for neuro-plasticity allows for greater integration over time.
Due to both the innate capacity for healing and the neuro-plasticity we all have, astounding benefits can happen. AAR’s auditory-based method using Dr. Guy Berard’s auditory integration training instrument and protocols are often an important piece of the puzzle for the over-all integration that many children and adults need to be at their best, day to day. AAR offers strong solutions in the form of educational intervention for those with autism, Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD, SPD, CAPD, dyslexia and many other conditions. While this is true, many without any diagnosis at all benefit as well.
AIT was developed to normalize and balance the auditory experience of neuro-typical adults in the general population, primarily. This normalization is something badly needed by most children with special needs. AIT was not intended to bring about the further beneficial changes we see occur.The life-changing increased integration and organization AIT often provides for for its participants have been an unexpected but welcome surprise over the last few decades.
AAR has worked with people aged 2-83.
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