The word auditory pertains to hearing.
Here are a few information regarding the word AUDITORY when it comes to learning and language development. There are several intervention methods to improve auditory training to be able to maximize the full learning potential of people, most especially those with needing intervention services.
Aside from undergoing occupational therapy and speech and language therapy with (some) focus on the auditory processes in relation with learning and other developmental concerns, there is an alternative intervention method to improving auditory skills: Auditory Integration Training.
What is Auditory Integration Training? Auditory Integration Training is a method of retraining the ear. AIT was developed in the mid1900′s by Dr. Guy Berard. Dr. Guy Berard is a French ENT doctor who developed Auditory Integration Training to initially correct genetically induced hearing loss.
What does AIT do? AIT is one of the ALTERNATIVE INTERVENTION METHODS THAT PARENTS CAN AVAIL FOR THEIR CHILDREN WHO WERE DIAGNOSED WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND NEEDING INTERVENTION AND THERAPY.
AIT uses filtered and modulated music to help:
- Normalize and improve hearing distortions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Improve sensory overload tolerance and reduce self-stimulating behaviors.
- 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).
- Improve speech and language.
- Improve behavior and learning.
- Improve mood and social skills.
- Improve comprehension which impacts on learning which may lead to better academic performance.
What types of problems does AIT (plus other intervention services) help with? In 1998 the US FDA evaluated and approved Auditory Integration Training as a safe and effective way in improving impairments in auditory discrimination associated with the following diagnosis:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Pervasive Developmental Disoder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Central Auditory Processing Disorder
- Learning Disabilities like Dyslexia, Non-Verbal Learning Disorders, Language Delays and Communication Disorders
- Those with Sensory Processing Disorders, Hyperlexia, and Sensory issues can also benefit from AIT
To know more about Auditory Integration Training, contact SOUND THERAPY LEARNING CENTER
Sound Therapy Learning Center Unit 7 3rd Floor, The Promenade Building 198 Wilson St. Corner P. Guevarra 1006 San Juan, Metro Manila
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