Auditory Integration Training was developed in the mid 1900’s by Dr. Guy Berard, a French otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat or ENT physician), and author of the book “ Hearing Equals Behavior”. He developed this technology with the intent of initially correcting genetically induced hearing loss.
This method of retraining the ear was then coined as Auditory Integration Training (AIT). Dr. Berard believed that by allowing a person to hear more normally, one can learn and function better in society.
It is interesting to note that after 35 years of study, Dr. Guy Berard found that:
- Distortions in hearing or auditory processing contributed to behavioral or learning disorders in many of his patients.
- AIT significantly reduces some or many of the issues associated with autism spectrum disorders, sensory issues including auditory, tactile or other sensory sensitivities (hyper or hypo), dyslexia, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity, anxiety and depression.
AIT in the Philippines
In March 2008, Sound Therapy Learning Center opened its doors to pioneer auditory integration training in the Philippines.