Auditory Integration Training (AIT)

Auditory Integration Training (AIT)

Auditory training is designed for kids with APD, autism, and Asperger’s syndrome. It’s also used to treat sensory processing issues, such as being over- or undersensitive to sound.

Therapists who deliver this type of training say it can also help kids who have trouble concentrating, such as those with ADHD. And it’s sometimes used to treat kids with nonverbal learning disabilities.

Auditory training therapy is part of an increasingly popular field of alternative therapies known as “brain training.” Two of the best-known auditory training programs are the Berard Auditory Integration Training (AIT) Services and Fast ForWord.

Auditory integration training (AIT), has been used in the United States since 1991. A French doctor, Guy Berard, developed AIT with the idea that auditory processing issues stem from oversensitivity or undersensitivity to sound (or certain sound frequencies), which can interfere with learning. Supporters of this method say it helps kids discriminate and remember speech sounds.

In AIT, children are fitted with special hearing devices. These devices filter sounds, amplifying certain frequencies and “softening” the intensity of others. AIT providers claim this can correct abnormal ear dominance and help people hear, discriminate and remember speech sounds. This is similar to the way hearing aids work for people with hearing loss.

Source: understood.org

 

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