Candidates for Auditory Integration Training (AIT)?

 Who are candidates for Auditory Integration Training (AIT)?
Those who have sensitivity or distortions in the auditory system are candidates for Auditory Integration Training (AIT). Symptoms include extreme sound sensitivity, tuning out behaviour and auditory processing difficulties. Those having extreme hearing sensitivity may exhibit the following behaviours:
put hands over ears or run from sounds,
cry in response to loud sound
tune out auditory input, act as though deaf, daydream, attention drifts, or inability to stay focused,
avoid noisy, crowded group situations
auditory comprehension problems, better at visual learning, fail to follow oral directions
need physical prompts to follow verbal commands.
respond to only part of a verbal command,
easily distracted by random noises,
slow response time,
language delay or disorder
inconsistent performance

Potential indicators of Auditory Problems:
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
Tantrums easily
Hears sounds such as aeroplanes, etc. before anyone else, and often runs away from them
Avoids eye contact
Hums or makes noises
Difficulty organising the day
Fatigue by end of day
Needs constant activity or visual stimuli
Difficulty finding the exact words to express themselves

What changes may result from Auditory Integration Training (AIT)?
Reported changes in client’s behaviour following Auditory Integration Training (AIT) have included:
increased attention to auditory input,
more appropriate affect,
improved social behaviour,
increased interest in communication,
better eye contact,
improved articulation,
improved auditory comprehension
overall improvement in academic skills.
Reduction of sensitivity to sound impulsivity, aggressive behaviour, echolalia, distractibility and temper tantrums.
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