Auditory Integration Training (AIT)
According to a 2013 Study, “Sensory Response Patterns in Nonverbal Children with ASD”, it is estimated that 25 to 50% of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) never develop spoken language beyond a few words or utterances. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) refers to communication methods that help or replace speaking or writing for individuals who struggle to production or comprehend spoken or written language. AAC includes simple systems such as pictures, gestures, and pointing, as well as more complex techniques involving computer technology.
Hypersensitivity to certain sounds and frequencies often contribute to many behaviors or learning problems. Auditory Integration Therapy (AIT) consists of playing certain frequencies that people are hypersensitive to through headphones to desensitize the person for two half-hour sessions a day for 10 consecutive days. As of 2018, AIT does not meet scientific standards for efficacy that would justify its practice by audiologists and speech-language pathologists, therefore, insurance will not cover this expense. There are two main methods – Berard Training and Tomatis. The most common improvements reported by parents include a reduction in sound sensitivity, improvement in attention and listening, and a decrease in behavioral issues. To read detailed information on studies showing some positive results visit the Autism Research Institute
Society for Auditory Intervention Techniques (SAIT)
A web-based resource for parents and professionals interested in Berard AIT and some of the other sound-based interventions that have been developed.
Electronic Auditory Stimulation effect (EASe)
Audio CD series is the original disc-based auditory intervention program. The EASe CD is easy to use, simple and safe tool for occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, listening therapists and parents, to teach a child challenged with sensory processing issues, sound sensitivity, central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), hearing or developmental issues, to better manage noise. The EASe CD listening program is based on the Guy Berard method of auditory integration training (similar to Tomatis) and can be carried out at home, at school or in a therapist’s office with an inexpensive CD player and a high quality pair of headphones.
Sound Listening Corp
Active Outreach Site in Los Angeles area
Sound Listening Corporation (SLC) delivers individualized educational applications using EnListen® software and media with special headphones with bone and air conduction. Following an assessment of listening strengths and weaknesses, a transformative program of consultation, sound stimulation, and audio-vocal activities is recommended. (Uses Tomatis Center)
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