Understanding the challenge
What if your ears didn’t work together and you heard sounds differently in each ear? What if you were sensitive to noise and processed sounds with delays and distortions?
You might find it difficult to read, write, and follow directions. You’re distracted. Disconnected. Worse yet, you and those around you might not even recognize the difference or know what was causing the problem.
People who experience these and other symptoms can often improve their learning, social, and developmental skills with Auditory Integration Training (AIT).
Some things that should make you consider AIT
Candidates for AIT often have difficulties in areas such as:
- sound sensitivity (auditory hypersensitivity)
- speech and language delays
- auditory processing and sensory integration
- poor attention and concentration
- reading, writing and/or spelling
For those unfamiliar with AIT, it can be hard to believe that such a relatively simple process can have such a profound effect on these problems. In the words of Dr. Bernard Rimland, Director, Autism Research Institute, “However counterintuitive AIT may be, it can and does often produce significant improvement.” (Treating Autism, 2003)
It is about quality of life – language, learning and socialization
Most AIT participants find that they benefited in many ways including:
- attention and concentration
- ability to filter out background noise
- efficient sensory processing
- speech, vocabulary, and language skills (grammar, syntax, concepts)
- reading fluency and comprehension
- self-confidence and socialization
- handwriting, drawing and coloring
The Berard AIT process involves a focused ten day program.