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CONSIDERATIONS IN SELECTING AUDITORY INTEGRATION TRAINING SERVICES
By Sally Brockett, Director, IDEA Training Center, Inc.

Parents need to become informed consumers in order to make knowledgeable decisions in selecting an auditory integration training center. There are a number of factors that may differ from one training center to another. Parents should be aware of these factors so they can ask informative questions that will aid them in choosing appropriate services. The following questions should help identify factors that may differ.

1. What method is used - Berard, BGC or Tomatis? Has the practitioner made changes in the original method?

2. What training device is used, and did the practitioner receive training specifically for this device? (It should be consistent with the method.)

3. Did the practitioner receive instruction from an approved professional instructor with extensive practical experience in the same method?

4. What is the practitioner's professional experience and background? How many clients have received AIT through their center so far? Is data collected and what does it indicate?

5. Is there an audiologist on staff for consultation? Is the audiologist trained in the method used?

6. If more than one type of device is used, can parents specify which one they wish their child to use?

7. Do the headphones being used match the specifications recommended by the manufacturer of the device?

8. Is the music used tested and approved as effective for AIT?

9. What pre-training information and orientation is provided to prepare the individual for AIT?

10. What aftercare information and follow-up is provided? Is information provided on medications and other factors that may alter the results of AIT?

11. Where did the practitioner receive training in aftercare?

12. What other services does the practitioner provide with the AIT sessions?

13. Can the practitioner provide names of parents willing to share information about their own experience with training at that center?