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What is AIT?

Auditory Integration Training (AIT)

AIT uses filtered and modulated music to help:

  1. Normalize and improve hearing distortions.
  2. How children perceive sounds as they develop is very important as this can affect the way they acquire their language skills. Any abnormalities in verbal perception will result in an inaccurate imitation of sound.
  3. Improve sensory processing (which is very important for children with sensory issues). Children who have difficulty integrating and interpreting internal and external sensory cues will encounter difficulty in learning to communicate.
  4. Improve the ways in which the brain processes auditory information. This in turn impacts on the different areas of the brain that controls the different senses and systems of the body.
  5. Stimulate the auditory (as well as vestibular) and neurological systems. The vestibular and auditory systems are closely related and difficulties in this area can impact on speech and language development.
  6. Improve sensory overload tolerance and reduce self-stimulating behaviors.
  7. Diminishes or resolves behaviors related to sensory defensiveness. People who are sensory defensive often react negatively to or experience anxiety to sensory input that is generally considered harmless to other people. Both painful and uncomfortable, it can impair one’s ability to attend to daily tasks. Example: a child may refuse to join a loud party, have a haircut, or be orally defensive (in the case of an extremely picky eater).
  8. Improve speech and language.
  9. Improve behavior and learning.
  10. Improve mood and social skills.
  11. Improve comprehension which impacts on learning which may lead to better academic performance.

    The US FDA evaluated AIT in 1998 and approves that AIT is a safe and effective means of remediating impairments in auditory discrimination associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), Dyslexia, Language Delays and Communication disorders. AIT also helps with Sensory Processing Disorders, Sensory Issues, Hyperlexia and Non Verbal learning disorders.

    AIT helps relieve hypersensitive hearing, in effect, reducing the overall sensory overload that some children suffer from. The child will be able to hear better, listen better, and learn better thereby solidifying all the other therapies that the child is undergoing. Learning is thus drastically increased and the child is given a greater chance to move forward.

    Improvements in hearing, as well as vision, touch, smell, taste, balance, fine motor skills, coordination and hand writing, focus, processing and awareness among others are often noted among clients who have undergone the therapy.

    Programs are individualized for each person based on a pre-screening evaluation.