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Who Needs AIT?

The Berard Auditory Integration Training program is the only listening intervention program which uses the results of each client’s hearing test.  The focus is on, “What does your brain do with what you hear?”  Some people might think only about the workings of the inner ears when they consider “poor”, “normal” or “good” hearing.  For this reason, it’s worth emphasizing that the brain is a crucial part of the auditory system.  AIT was designed to normalize the entire auditory system, so it facilitates improvements in how the brain processes and organizes the input received from the ears.  Dr. Berard developed A.I.T. in France and spent the next thirty plus years researching and improving his program’s ability to help people of all ages without disabilities, as well as those diagnosed with:

Auditory Processing Characteristics

Auditory Processing Checklist: used standardized Fisher Checklist, characteristics from the Out-Of-Sync Child, and stuttering foundation

Please mark each circle considered to be of concern by the patient or caretaker. Rate each characteristic with “1” being a weak response & “10” being a strong response.

  • _____Frequently ask “What?” or “Huh?” noise or no noise

Testimonial, Leanne (central auditory processing with autism)

My daughter, Leanne, was diagnosed with autism and central auditory processing disorder (CAPD).  We schooled her at home, and even with my background in teaching, it was very difficult.  I would have to fight with her to make her begin her school work.  While teaching her, she would get very irritated and became fatigued very quickly.  Every little noise distracted her.  Every day, our bird would have to be removed from the room, because she could not tolerate its high pitch sounds.  She would cover her ears when exposed to loud noises, like a baby crying in the store or a dog barking.  She avoided social interactions and preferred to stay home by herself.

Testimony-John (Dyslexia)

Year after year, I saw John gradually fall behind in reading comprehension.  He never liked to read even though he passed his phonetics reading program and successfully decoded words, read sentences, and then read whole paragraphs.  However, after each annual achievement test, I saw his scores decrease in the area of reading comprehension, until he was officially behind.

Testimony-5 year old Ryan (vestibular, etc…)

After Cheri Moore’s success with helping my older son, I decided to seek her advice regarding Ryan’s unclear speech and lack of attentiveness, despite the fact that he was now in kindergarten.  We thought his speech would improve over time, but after a year, his speech improved very little.  I knew I would need to put Ryan in speech therapy, but decided to first let Cheri evaluate Ryan.  Within her first visit with Ryan, she expressed concern about behaviors that indicated hearing sensitivities.

Testimony: Leanne

My daughter, Leanne, was diagnosed with autism and central auditory processing disorder (CAPD).  We schooled her at home, and even with my background in teaching, it was very difficult.  I would have to fight with her to make her begin her school work.  While teaching her, she would get very irritated and became fatigued very quickly.  Every little noise distracted her.  Every day, our bird would have to be removed from the room, because she could not tolerate its high pitch sounds.  She would cover her ears when exposed to loud noises, like a baby crying in the store or a dog barking.  She avoided social interactions and preferred to stay home by herself.

A Mother’s Story

Ashylyn did not talk much when she was little, and was shy about interacting with people.  By the time she had finished Kindergarten, I could no longer deny Ashylyn’s difficulties.  When she was eight years old I had her tested and she received the diagnosis of Learning Disabilities with severe auditory processing deficits.  She worked with a wonderful educational therapist for many years; however, she continued to struggle in ways I couldn’t understand nor offer solutions to ease them.