A ten day AIT program attracting participants worldwide
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
Many families who work with the IDEA Training Center come from out of state and foreign countries. Others drive home each afternoon, sometimes 60 to 90 minutes. Others may choose to stay over night for some of the time. We have had families come from England, Holland, Israel, China, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Canada, and Costa Rica.
A list of local hotels, some of which give discounts to families in the program is available. The program is also approved by the Ronald McDonald House so families can stay there inexpensively on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Making the most of your trip, and even having some fun
Since it is important for the child to be relaxed, families should try to plan activities of interest around the child. There are many points of interest in the local area so families can schedule plenty of brief activities. For example, Mystic Aquarium, Rock Hill Dinosaur State Park, Peabody Museum, and Essex Steam Train Ride are favorite attractions. We have local brochures and guidebooks at the 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 arrivalShortly 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 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 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.
Parents will also be given further information about activities and computer software that can be used to improve auditory processing skills.
Contact us with any questions or comments on your travel situation with our online form or by calling (203) 234-7401.