Berard Auditory Integration Training (AIT) is a listening program that reorganizes the sensory center of the brain through use of specialized modified and filtered classical music, listened to over headphones. The sessions are done twice a day over a 10-day period in our Asheville Brain Training office. AIT organizes the hearing and stimulates the brain to improve information processing and decrease auditory processing disorders.
The training program can be given to children as young as six months and many adults also benefit. Improvements may be noted during the 10 days of training, but gains can occur up to six months afterward.
Berard AIT was developed by Guy Berard, MD, a French Ear, Nose, and Throat physician, in Annecy, France, to help with his wife’s severe tinnitus. After he had successfully treated her, he turned his attention to learning disabled and autistic children with phenomenal success. If your child has a diagnosis of ADD, ADHD, autism, dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, apraxia, or any other learning disability, it is likely that they can be helped by Auditory Integration Training. Contact Asheville Brain Training for a FREE Auditory Processing Assessment.
Why AIT Can Help Your Child
Improved Learning, Language and Social Skills with the Berard method of Auditory Integration Training
Individuals with auditory and sensory processing problems have difficulty interpreting daily experiences. The capacity to hear and communicate is compromised. Behavioral issues and social skills are often affected as a result.
The Berard method of Auditory Integration Training (AIT) helps re-organize the brain to improve auditory and sensory processing capabilities. Participants use headphones over a 10-day period twice a day for 30 minutes each to comfortably listen to AIT auditory stimulation. This reorganizes the dysfunctional sensory center so the brain no longer gets overloaded with disorganized information.
Language, learning and social abilities develop more normally and participants are better able to excel as a result.
This method of auditory training was originally developed by Guy Berard, MD – a French ear, nose and throat physician – who successfully used this technique with thousands of people in Europe for more than 30 years.
The Berard system of AIT has since become regarded as the most effective approach available for enhanced listening skills, language, learning and sound tolerance.
Indications an individual could benefit from AIT
The following difficulties may present the opportunity to benefit from AIT:
- Poor attention span
- Slower thinking and processing
- Difficulty listening, understanding, and remembering
- Difficulty following multi-step directions
- Brain “traffic jams” when processing sensory information
- Hindered ability to put ideas in sequence
- Hyper-acute hearing (over-sensitive) and hypo-sensitivity (tuned out)
- Low tolerance for distractions
- Speech delays
Children with diagnoses of Autism, ADHD, ADD, or Auditory Processing Disorder usually benefit from AIT
AIT & Adults
Adults can benefit from AIT as well. Some of the benefits are improvements in auditory figure-ground discrimination (the ability to block out distracting background noise), auditory perception and discrimination, auditory memory, word finding (the ability to recall a specific word or name), auditory and sensory processing, verbal and written language, reading speed and comprehension, organization, self-confidence, calmness, socialization, etc. Just as with children, it is not possible to specify exactly where the changes will occur in adults.
Coaches in various fields, such as career, sports, education, life skills, etc., may choose Berard AIT as one of the strategies used in addition to Neurofeedback to achieve optimal performance.