What is Auditory Integration Training?
Auditory Integration Training (AIT) is a powerful, evidence-based music program aimed at helping children and adults succeed in social interaction and learning ability. It is often used with people who have ADHD, ADD, dyslexia, hearing sensitivities, autism, developmental delays, poor concentration, speech and language problems and a variety of other special needs.
Hearing anomalies can affect many aspects of normal everyday life, especially behavior, sensitivity to noises in the home, social interaction, speech and language development and learning. Many professionals and parents who seek to remediate speech or language problems as well as learning delays in their patients implement AIT.
The beneficial effects of music are well known and our AIT program is personalized for each person. Based on information collected during a preliminary and mid-treatment assessment, modulated and filtered sound is played through high quality headphones to exercise and educate the listener's auditory system. After just 10 hours over 10 days of treatment, hearing and focus are improved and other chronic symptoms reduced.
We aim to promote normal hearing, and educational and social well being.
Those who have sensitivity or distortions in the auditory system are candidates for Auditory Integration Training (AIT). Signs may include sound sensitivity, tuning out behavior and auditory processing difficulties. They may exhibit the following behaviors:
- 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
- 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 airplanes, etc. before anyone else
- Avoids eye contact
- Hums or makes noises
- Has difficulty organizing 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
What changes may result from AIT?
Reported changes in client’s behavior following Auditory Integration Training (AIT) have included:
- increased attention to auditory input,
- improved social behavior,
- increased interest in communication,
- better eye contact,
- improved articulation,
- improved auditory comprehension
- overall improvement in academic skills.
- Reduction of sensitivity to sound impulsivity, aggressive behavior, echolalia, distractibility and temper tantrums.
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