In-Home Berard Auditory Integration Training (Berard AIT)
Berard Auditory Integration Training, developed by Dr. Guy Berard, General Practitioner and Otolaryngologist from Europe, uses a series of 20 half-hour long listening sessions using specially frequency- modulated music and Dr. Berard’s protocol. This 20 session protocol can be extremely helpful for children with ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), Learning Disorder, dyslexia, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The method was developed by Dr. Berard to optimize the function of the ears, beginning in the 1960s. Now the method helps many, including those with autism, ADD, ADHD, CAPD, dyslexia and many other conditions.
Specific high-quality headphones are used, and they are light and comfortable. AIT Training Sessions are scheduled in 10-12 or 20 day programs over 20 half-hour sessions in which the participant listens to frequency-modulated music.
AIT is a non-invasive, common-sense educational intervention, and is known to be the most intensive and effective of all the sound-based interventions based on frequency modulation.
Dr. Berard chose frequency modulation as stimuli designed to optimize the function of the ears. When the ears are trained, the messages sent to the brain require decoding for the brain. Research now shows that the training of the muscles results in a balancing of the Acoustic Reflex. There are strong indications, including PET scans, that indicate the brain’s positive functional adjustment and integration after AIT given the new auditory “input”. Clients often say it’s as if the brain “re-sets” or “re-calibrates” — in any case, changes frequently occur that show improvements in comfort, function, processing, memory and in many day-to-day skills and abilities.
Reduced sensory overload and stress in the weeks and months following Berard AIT are also typically seen.
Berard AIT is the only sound-based intervention shown by research to remediate hyper and hypo sensitivity. (There are other sound interventions that may use the name “AIT” or “auditory integration” or “auditory stimulation”. We specifically offer “Berard AIT.”)
Further discussion about AIT and auditory perception:
Neither children nor adults have a reference point to assess their own hearing, for all we have is our own set of ears! Most clients who receive AIT have been found to have “normal” hearing, i.e. no hearing loss by their examining health practitioners.
When audiologists and others who perform AIT look at threshold audio tests, it’s often clear that those with discomfort, attention issues, sensory overload, or difficulty with often have measurable imbalances in their hearing.
Some sounds frequencies may be heard many times more acutely than others. It is this imbalance that Berard AIT remediates. Just as we keep our bodies in shape with activity, the ear and auditory function can also receive valuable training available through Berard AIT. AIT can allow for more comfortable listening, learning and processing. When a person has neurological challenges, from an educational perspective we see that these imbalances matter a great deal in daily life.
Most people think of hearing as the main purpose of the auditory system and they may not realize the extent to which the auditory controls balance, motor planning,coordination, assists in eye movement control and even fine motor coordination. When the auditory system is not functioning effectively, an array of diverse issues may challenge an individual, including issues with:
motor coordination skills and balance
speech and language
- concentration and focus
poor fine motor skills
difficulty with vision skills
dysfunctions with sensory processing.
Retraining the auditory system through the work of Berard AIT often results in a variety of benefits.
We at AAR look forward to hearing from you and being of service! Call today to learn more about our low cost candidacy assessments! While we do a lot of work for those with ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), Learning Disorder, dyslexia, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), our methods also help many with challenges who have not been diagnosed with any condition.
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