Auditory Integration Training (AIT)
The prevalence of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is estimated at approximately 5% of school-age children but according to the National Institutes of Health, in children with learning difficulties the prevalence of auditory processing disorder has been found to be 43%.
Auditory Integration Training (AIT) is a powerful educational music programme aimed at helping children and adults succeed in social interaction and learning ability. Based on the work of a French Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist Dr. Guy Berard, this method is often used with people who have ADHD, ADD, dyslexia, hearing sensitivities, autism, developmental delays, poor concentration, speech and language problems as well as a variety of other special needs.
Hearing difficulties can affect many aspects of normal everyday life especially behaviour, sensitivity to noises in the home, social interaction, speech and language development and learning.
Improvements reported after receiving Auditory Integration Training (AIT) include more appropriate affect, expression and interaction; better articulation and auditory comprehension; and an overall increase in academic and social skills.
AIT is a highly individualized and personal programme using specific filter settings that are designed to remediate the “differential” manner in which some individuals perceive sound. Modulated and filtered sound is played through high quality headphones in 20 30-minute sessions over a period of 10 days.
Who are potential candidates for Auditory Training?
Those who have sensitivity or distortions in the auditory system are candidates for Auditory Integration Training (AIT). Signs may include sound sensitivity, tuning out behaviour and auditory processing difficulties. They may exhibit the following behaviours:
- Puts hands over ears or runs from sounds
- Cries in response to loud sounds
- Tunes out auditory input – acts as though deaf, daydreams, attention drifts, or inability to stay focused
- Avoids noisy, crowded group situations
- Has auditory comprehension problems, is better at visual learning, fails to follow spoken directions
- Has a history of ear infections
- Does not pay attention to verbal instructions
- Is easily distracted by background noises or drifts from paying attention
- Has difficulty with phonics
- Learns poorly through the auditory channel
- Has a diagnosed language or speech difficulties
- Displays slow response time to verbal stimuli
- Covers ears to avoid sounds
- Frequently gives odd or inappropriate responses in conversation
- Needs physical prompts to follow verbal commands.
- Responds to only part of a verbal command,
- Is easily distracted by random noises,
- Has slow response time,
- Has speech and language delay or disorder
- Inconsistent educational performance
- Tantrums easily
- Hears sounds such as aeroplanes, etc. before anyone else, and often runs away from them
- Avoids eye contact
- Hums or makes noises
- Has difficulty organising the day
- Is fatigued by end of the day
- Needs constant activity or visual stimuli
- Has difficulty finding the exact words to express themselves
- Is non verbal
- Online Parent questionnaire
- Listening profile assessment
- Determining a Personal AIT Filter Setting
- 20 session of 30 min each administered twice a day for 10 days.
- Listening profile after 10 sessions
- Listening profile after 3 months
These sessions are usually run over school holidays due to their intensity and frequency in sessions.