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What Is Auditory Integration Training (AIT)?

Kari J. Kindem is also a certified AIT Practitioner and provides this important auditory therapy to clients.

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Kari is also the Founder of the AIT Institute and serves as its Director since 2004.
The AIT Institute is the largest resource website on Berard AIT in the world. Contact us to learn more!

"Everything happens as if human behavior were largely conditioned by the manner in which on hears."
Dr. Guy Berard, Inventor of Berard AIT

 

Facts for Parents About Auditory Integration Training

The current Berard AIT protocol requires that a Participant listen to modulated music on device developed for Berard AIT, using high quality headphones for a total of ten (10) hours, over 10 (or 12) consecutive days.  AIT services are provided  under the supervision of Kari J. Kindem, a professional trained AIT Practitioner.

AIT Auditory Integration Training:
What It Is And How It Works in Two Weeks

(11:00 minutes)

This video about Berard AIT was produced by and features
Laurie Ross-Brennan one of my 50+ associated AIT Practitioners who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Parents or adults considering AIT are encouraged to watch this 11 minute educational video.  This video explains the basics of AIT, why AIT works and the many types benefits AIT provides as a sound therapy.  In this video, parents, teachers and other professionals share success stories and testimonials about the impact of AIT on the lives of children.

 
 

Cost of Berard Auditory Integration Training (Berard AIT)
  • Practitioner Supervised AIT At Home Services with Kari J. Kindem: For the convenience of families located where there is not an AIT Practitioner located near their geographic area, we now offer supervised At Home AIT in limited areas. AIT At Home is available using the newest computer based AIT device. Contact us for prices.
  • Note: The cost for AIT sessions for In Office services with an AIT Practitioner typically ranges between $1,200 to  $2,000 (in the USA) depending on your geographic location and the AIT Practitioner used.  So this is a substantial savings!
  • If audiological tests or audiogram are recommended, they are done at a separate fee by a local audiologist with our specific written instructions on how to perform the Berard AIT audio tests.

Insurance Coverage and Auditory Integration Training

  • AIT is an educational intervention.
  • AIT is not a medical intervention and is not therefore not intended to be covered by medical insurance.
  • Any non-medical AIT Practitioners who bill insurance or encourage Participants to submit bills to insurance for Berard AIT are violating the principals of Berard AIT, their certification instructions as a AIT Practitioner, well as professional ethics.

How Does Berard Auditory Integration Training Work?

  • Dr. Berard developed a scientific method of retraining the ear's acoustical reflex muscle - known also as the stapedius muscle so that the Participant will be able listen and to process sounds more normally without distortions and delays.
  • AIT is also documented to improve the flow of blood to the brain.
  • AIT is based on Dr. Berard's theory that the use of his specifications to electronically modulate and filter selected music retrains the ear and auditory system to work properly.  
  • Dr. Berard discovered that hypersensitivity, distortions and delays in the auditory signals contribute to inefficient learning.

What Does Auditory Integration Training Accomplish?

  • AIT retrains a disorganized auditory system.  The end result is that there is a more efficient processing of auditory information as a result of the 10 day Berard AIT program.
  • Once the cause of the hearing and auditory processing problem is corrected, all therapy and other educational interventions can often become more effective.  Changes can then occur that enable the Participant  to achieve at a higher level.
  • The AIT has over 30 years of scientific research and there are 28 clinical studies in the USA documenting its efficacy.
  • The human body is constantly impacted by internal and external sound stimulation and vibrational energy.
  • Each organ in the human body responds to a different sound frequency. When the listening process is not working properly, it can interfere with our entire system, our overall health and our ability to function in harmony.
  • The way our bodies respond to and process sound and vibrational energy affects us deeply.  
  • Sound and frequency impacts our overall health, mood, energy level, alertness, attention span, focus, concentration, information processing and how we express ourselves, both verbally and in writing.

Important Berard Auditory Integration Training Protocols to Know

  • AIT is a non-medical and is designed to be comfortable, pain free, non-invasive and pleasant experience.
  • AIT is Non-Medical: AIT devices are not considered to be medical devices and it is an educational intervention.  AIT devices are not under the jurisdiction of the FDA.
  • Age Minimum: The Berard AIT protocol requires that the minimum age for participation is about three (3) years old.
  • Maximum Age: there is no maximum age for AIT.

Current Device Used for Auditory Integration Training

Volume Levels Used During Auditory Integration Training

  • The volume of the music used for AIT is set well under the safety guidelines established by Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).
  • The 85 dBA level for a total of one-hour per day is well below the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) guidelines for non-hazardous noise levels.
  • The OSHA Noise Standard permits exposure to an average noise exposure of 85 dBA for eight continuous hours.
  • There is a safety that keeps its "average maximum output" from exceeding this level of 85 dB. Those working with children age 3 and 4 and those with autism generally keep the volume at 65 dB.
  • For a child 4 years and older through adults, the best effect from AIT will be achieved at a setting that is comfortably loud for that individual.
  • The AIT Practitioner will set the volume at a level that is "comfortably loud" for the listener.
  • Observers need to watch the Participant for signs of discomfort if a Participant is unable to to verbalize this.
  • As the sessions progress, the sound level will attempt to increase in volume, while always maintaining a volume that is "comfortably loud" for the Participant.

Number of Berard Auditory Integration Training Sessions

  • Berard protocol requires a total of 20 sessions. 
  • Each AIT session is 30 minutes per day, done two (2) times per day.

  • There is a minimum of 3 hours in between listening sessions.

  • Berard protocol allows that the 20 sessions may occur either:

    • over a 10 consecutive day period
      OR
    • the 20 sessions may occur over a 12 day period which includes 5 consecutive days, then a 2 day weekend break, followed by another 5 consecutive days.

Ear Check and Audiological Testing for Auditory Integration Training
Read More About Audio Testing

The Audio Test for AIT, if reliable can be done and reviewed to determine the true nature of a Participant's hearing, but is not required. 

  • If a Participant is able to cooperate with such tests, they are the basis for determining if filters - if any - will be used during AIT sessions.
  • It is recommended that the ear health check be only a few days prior to Berard AIT.
  • It is recommended that audio tests be done within 7 days of beginning AIT.
  • The closer the audio testing, if done, is done to the beginning of Berard AIT, the better.

Testing for the Use of Filters

Note: Additional, specialized system filters for AIT are not required on clients with autism, those age 6 or under, those who can't comply with audio testing or all clients doing AIT or those who testing does not indicate the need

  • Audio testing must be done by a qualified audiologist or qualified professional trained to administer such test who is able to provide the specific information required by the Berard Audiogram Testing Protocol and who also has experience interpreting such tests.
  • For an audio test to be valid, a Participant must be able and willing to accurately respond to a series of tones through special headphones to determine the Participant's threshold for each tone.  
  • For audio testing results to be used for Berard AIT, all these frequencies to in a range from 20 db to a -20 db (relative to the individual) for each ear must be tested at all 11 frequencies.
Audio Testing of Very Young Children and Special Needs Children
  • In most cases, children under the age of 65 and those with special needs will have difficulty cooperating with the tests due to the nature of the audio testing required to use filters.
  • Those for whom a valid test can NOT be obtained for Berard AIT, the Berard protocol used without filters has been scientifically proven to still be very effective, viable and helpful as an intervention.
What If My Child Gets Sick During Auditory Integration Training?

If a Participant gets an fluid in the ear or an ear infection during AIT sessions may need to discontinue.

  • Ear Health Check: We suggest that you have ears check is there is a suspected or recent ear infection by a ualified health care professional before beginning AIT listening sessions.
    Ear Infections: AIT must not be conducted if the Participant has an active ear infection or a perforated eardrum. After the ear infection has cleared up, AIT can begin again.  It is usually safest to wait 2 weeks to  one month after an ear infection before re-starting AIT.
  • Temporary Ear Tubes: AIT must not be conducted if an ear tube is loose.
  • Permanent Ear Tubes: If permanent ear tubes are in securely then AIT is allowed.

What May My Child Do During the AIT Sessions?
Read AIT Tips for Parents

  • Food: No eating is allowed during AIT sessions.
  • Reading: No reading or homework is allowed during AIT sessions.
  • Sleeping: the child should remain awake during all of the AIT sessions and be actively listening for the maximum benefit of Berard AIT.  Some children become very drowsy during Berard AIT session and afterwards.
  • Physical Contact: A parent may give a back, arm, hand massage if this comforts the child.
  • Just Listen: The child should be encouraged to be in a calm environment and just listenduring Berard AIT and relax in a bean bag or other comfortable chair.

What to Avoid During Auditory Integration Training Sessions
Read Parents Tips

  • AVOID: All activities that require planned fine motor skills
    These activities would include such things as playing with puzzles, building Lego's or blocks in a specific pattern, etc.  Coloring or drawing is permitted or played with soft toys, fidgets, sensory toys, etc.
  • AVOID: TV, hand held gaming devices, internet, smart phones, on-line or computer work, etc.
    These types of toys would include: dolls, action figures
  • AVOID: Additional stress for the Participant
    AIT should be conducted with the participant under as little stress as possible.
    It is recommended that Parents discontinue or keep all outside activities and other therapies to a minimum during the 10 days of Berard AIT.
  • Any subsequent set of 20 AIT sessions should not occur in less than six (6) to nine (9) months from the date of the completion of the previous AIT session.

  • Autistic Children Repeating AIT: repeating AIT for any subsequent set of 20 Berard AIT sessions should not occur in less than one (1) year from the date of the completion of the previous Berard AIT session.

The Story of Berard AIT and Dr. Guy Berard:
AIT And Remarkable Success In Treating Autism!

(13:11 minutes)

 

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