Who is a Candidate for Berard AIT?

Who is a Candidate for Berard AIT?

Berard AIT is often provided for individuals who have:
delays in learning and language development
difficulties in processing sensory stimulation
poor concentration and attention
poor reading skills
problems with auditory processing and memory
hearing sensitivities

The minimum age is 3 years, and there is no upper limit.

How is Berard AIT Done?
The individual listens to music through headphones that is specially modified by the Earducator TM, or the Audiokinetron, the two current devices designed for Berard AIT. These devices modulate the music, and may be used to filter out specific frequencies. The training is provided for 30 minutes, twice a day for a total of 10 hours. Audio tests prior to training and after the first 5 hours of training indicate whether any narrow band filters may be used.

Is There a Home Program for Berard AIT?
Berard AIT is a center-based training program. Dr. Berard has not approved any home-based program at this time. The training should be provided under the direct supervision of the Berard Practitioner in order to achieve optimal results. The practitioner will be able to provide daily input and consultation to the parents based on feedback provided by the parents and clinical observations. Since clients may make significant changes during the 10 days of training due to the effectiveness of Berard AIT, parent consultation is a critical component of the program and can lead to better results.
How Do You Get the Child to Wear Headphones and Listen?
Proper preparation for the Berard AIT program makes an important difference in how well the child will cooperate with the procedures. Your Berard practitioner should provide suggestions to help you prepare your child for the listening sessions. Procedures that can help decrease sensitivity to wearing headphones may be explained to parents so they can begin preparing the child to accept the headphones.

What if the Person Can Not Cooperate to Obtain Audio Tests?
The Berard audio testing requires a mature level of concentration and communication. The audio testing provides information that is used in selecting whether a narrow band filter is needed during the training sessions, and therefore, must be accurate. For these reasons, Dr. Berard does not recommend this testing for children under 5 years old. If a person is not able to cooperate with audio testing, but seems to be a good candidate for AIT based on behavior and history, the training can be done without audio tests. Since the audio tests provide the basis for the narrow band filters, no narrow band filters would be used. The modulated music has proven effective even without these specific filters.

What Changes are observed after Berard AIT?
Reports from parents vary on how soon changes are noticed and what types of changes occur. Parents often report a reduction in tantrums, sound sensitivity, echolalia, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Parents also observe increased ability in following directions, attention, auditory short-term memory, speech/language skills. Increased socialization, cooperation, self-confidence and independence are also frequently observed. Improvements in sensory processing, with a decrease in episodes of sensory overload are typically reported by parents.