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Let's Hear It For Good Behavior

The principles of Auditory Integration Training (AIT) are simple and can be described as physical therapy for the ear. AIT is a method of correcting the root cause of many learning disabilities. Hypersensitivity, distortions, and delays in the auditory signals contribute to inefficient learning. AIT is a method of retraining the ear to listen and to process sounds in a more normal manner, without distortions and delays. How we listen and process sounds affects our alertness, attention span, concentration, information processing, and the way we express ourselves, both verbally and in writing. When the listening process is not working properly, it can interfere with our entire system and its ability to function.

these auditory problems contribute to cognitive fatigue and variable performance that is so common among children with learning disabilities and AD(H)D, These children use much energy trying to decode or translate the scrambled and distorted messages they receive. Their performance will depend upon the amount of energy, interest, and motivation they have at a given times. Other variables such as voice quality, pitch, and rate of speech delivery of the speaker, background noises, and visual cues also impact the performances of these children.
Because of the strong contribution of hearing to receptive and expressive abilities, those individuals who exhibit language/learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders (ADD), dyslexia, pervasive developmental delays (PDD), autism, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) may be excellent candidates for AIT.
AIT is a technique to enhance the efficiency and normalize the auditory reception system (ear and brain) by reducing hypersensitivity and reducing hearing peaks and troughs as measured on an audiogram. This will improve the sensory input/output and feedback systems. Indirectly this will also improve listening, attending, cognitive abilities, behavior, and social skills. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:        What is the minimum age to receive AIT?
A:         3 years. 
Q:        Who is a good candidate for AIT?
A:        Children with delayed or disordered language development.
            Children with behavioral and emotional problems such as hyperactivity, immature tendencies, social adjustment problems, withdrawal, a disconnection of self from others or of self from self, lack of bonding/attachment, and so forth.
            Children with learning problems such as short attention span, poor concentration, poor organizational skills, deficiencies in written language skills (dyslexia), poor memory, and difficulty with balance, coordination, and motor function.
            Children with problems related to energy level (tension, fatigue), depressive tendencies, feeling of being “fed-up”, loss of enthusiasm, etc

Why is it often recommended for individuals diagnosed with:

  • autism,
  • pervasive developmental disorders (PDD),
  • central auditory processing disorder (CAPD),
  • attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) or attention deficit disorder (ADD),
  • dyslexia,
  • other communication disorders or developmental delays, and
  • non-verbal disorders.

What is Berard Auditory Integration Training or Berard AIT?
Berard Auditory Integration Training or Berard AIT was developed by Dr. Guy Berard, a practicing otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat or ENT physician) in Annecy, France. Dr. Berard originally invented Berard AIT to rehabilitate disorders of the auditory system, such as hearing loss or hearing distortion (hyper-acute or asymmetrical hearing). After 30+ years of clinical practice and study, Dr. Berard has determined that distortions in hearing or auditory processing also often contribute to many behavioral or learning disorders. He has successfully used the Berard AIT method to help individuals with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), autism, dyslexia, hyperactivity, learning disabilities (LD), language impairments, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), and depression. In the large majority of Dr. Berard's cases, Berard AIT has significantly reduced some of the handicaps associated with the disorders listed above. The principles of Berard AIT and a summary of various case histories, complete with copies of individual hearing tests before and after Berard AIT, are presented in Dr. Berard's book, Hearing Equals Behavior which was published in French in 1982. A revised edition was published in English in 1993 by Keats Publishing, Inc. (ISBN: 0-87983-600-8)

Why is Berard Auditory Integration Training or Berard AIT sometimes appropriate treatment for individuals diagnosed with autism, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), dyslexia, hyperactivity, language impairments, and learning disabilities (LD), etc.?

What improvements have been reported by teachers, parents and trainees after completion of Berard Auditory Integration Training Systems (Berard AIT)?

  • Reduction of hyper-acute and/or painful hearing
    • Less complaints of sounds causing pain or discomfort
    • Reduction in noise or tinnitus in the ear
    • Less startle responses to loud noises
  • More appropriate vocal intensity (volume)
  • More appropriate affect, expression and interaction
  • Easier, more frequent interaction with others, including increased eye contact
  • Improved language discrimination or comprehension
  • Greater interest in verbalization and communication
  • Exhibition of age appropriate behavior
  • Improved academic performance
  • Improvement in social skills
  • Increased comfort level
  • Less impulsivity and restlessness
  • Reduction in distractibility
  • Less lethary
  • Less irritability
  • Increased independence and self-esteem

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Berard Auditory Integration Training Systems (Berard AIT) is offered as a means of ameliorating or diminishing some of the above symptoms and, in particular, as they relate to autism, attention deficit disorder and other learning disabilities related to auditory processing problems.

The optimal schedule provides for 20 listening sessions lasting for 30 minutes, over a 10-day period. In most cases, the listener has two sessions a day for 10 days. At some AIT clinics, the listening sessions are given for 10 consecutive days; however, it is also acceptable to have a 1- or 2-day break, but only after the first 5 days of listening. The number of sessions and length of them are not subject to change until formal research procedures determine that such changes are beneficial.