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Parents should prioritize the quality of the program over a close location to home. It is worthwhile to make the effort to travel to a competent practitioner rather than to choose someone close-by who may not have the level of experience and dedication to providing excellent service.
Wherever you are, we can help
Participation in a Berard AIT program may require travel to access a qualified Berard Practitioner. Some families travel to locations where there is a practitioner near other family members, or near friends, and make the trip a vacation/visitation time, keeping in mind that it should not be over-scheduled with activities. It should be relaxing, and the AIT program should remain the priority.
Berard practitioners can often provide a list of hotels, and other places to stay. In some cases, there may be a Ronald McDonald House in the area that will accept families participating in Berard AIT. Some hotels may provide a discount, so check with the practitioner about this.
Making the most of your trip, and even having some fun
It is important for the child to be relaxed, and well-rested, so families should try to plan activities of interest around the child that are not stressful. Plenty of quiet, more restful time should also be scheduled. Berard practitioners can often suggest points of interest in the local area so families can schedule plenty of brief activities. They may have local brochures and guidebooks at their center for your convenience.
Many families try to consider it a vacation time though the focus is obviously on the AIT program.
There are a few things to consider before arrival
Shortly before arrival candidates should have a health care provider ensure excessive ear wax or fluid will not interfere with the auditory training.
Children should also be introduced to headphones (not earbuds) in a comfortable environment at home prior to arrival, making them more relaxed as we begin the auditory training.
After AIT training, participants need to avoid using headphones and earbuds as it can undo the benefits. The usual precautions should also be taken to protect against excessively loud noise (power equipment, fireworks, excessively loud music, etc.). Ototoxic medications (those that may have side effects that interfere with the auditory system) should also be avoided. Berard practitioners often provide parents with further information about different activities that can be used at home following Berard AIT to provide further improvement in skills.
Contact your Berard practitioner with any questions or comments on your travel situation.