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Berard Auditory Integration Training (AIT)

Areas of Improvement Noted During and Following AIT:


Receptive and expressive language


Speed of processing for motor skill and language

Praxis, which is composed of the following: 

1)  Planning how to carry movements out

2)  Sequencing and timing of tasks

Affect, including facial expression and responsiveness

Gravitational security- decreased fear of movement


Modulation or ability to stay calm in varied environments


Decreased auditory hypersensitivity and fear of noises

Auditory Integration Training (AIT) is a technique used to treat people with auditory processing problems. It was developed by a French medical doctor, Guy Berard of Annecy, France. Doctor Berard believes that auditory processing problems are caused by hypersensitive hearing. For example, he believes that if you are hypersensitive to sound frequencies at 2000 and 8000 Hz, but heard all other frequencies at normal levels, distortions in how you perceive the world around you would occur. Doctor Berard and his technique gained worldwide fame in 1990 with the publication of Annabel Stehli’s biography of her daughter Georgie, (“The Sound of a Miracle”) Ms. Stehli described how her severely autistic daughter, Georgie, had shed most, if not all of her autistic behaviors following a course of 20 AIT treatments in Doctor Berard’s clinic.Therapists at Points of Stillness clinic consider AIT to be a form of sensory integration treatment that uses sound vibration to stimulate brain processing. In the past 20 years there has been much research to indicate that many individuals have sensory dysfunctions in one or more areas including their senses of touch, movement, smell, taste, hearing and vision. These senses might be hypersensitive and/or hyposensitive to stimulation. The senses facilitate our understanding of the world and enhance skill development. Sensory processing problems can impact on mastery of fine and gross motor skills and social/emotional development.In studies, differences have been found between those individuals who received AIT and those who received a placebo. Results indicate that those who receive AIT demonstrate increased attention, auditory memory, articulation, and comprehension and decreased self-stimulatory behaviors, impulsivity, distractibility and echolalic speech. Auditory integration training involves listening to specifically selected compact discs that are processed through a machine that separates the sound frequencies and alters the low and high sound frequencies at random intervals. This distortion and randomization of the sounds massages the inner ear and the vestibular-cochlear mechanism located in the inner ear. Therefore, many children who have vestibular based issues respond especially well to this. There are many theories as to why AIT works. Since language develops with hearing, Guy Berard focuses on the language system. While the language system of the brain is definitely important, it is important to know that the movement receptors are in the middle ear and they are responsive to vibration. The movement system has tremendous effect on total brain.

Safe and Sound Protocol

What can it help with?

  •  Social and emotional difficulties

  •  Auditory sensitivities

  •  Anxiety

  •  Trauma-related challenges

  •  Inattention

  • Stressors impacting socialization

  • Adapting to transitions

  • Irrational Fear

  • Fight/Fright/Flight response

Based on over 40 years of research conducted by Dr. Stephen Porges who created the Polyvagal Theory, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an occupational therapy 5-day intensive intervention. The protocol has been designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. It uses specially modified music to reset the nervous system for a calmer state. In this calmer physiological and emotional state, individuals can become more receptive to communication and engagement in other therapeutic interventions. It supports attention to the processing of speech sounds. We must be regulated and organized in order to understand language and engage socially with one another! SSP is also a great way to help children and adults move through major transitions and prepare for participation in other therapeutic interventions.

Interactive Metronome

What can it help with?

  •  Controlled attention and concentration

  • Working memory

  • Sensory integration

  • Motor planning/sequencing for coordination and motor control

  • Synchronization of timing multiple brain regions for increased neural efficiency and performance

Interactive Metronome (IM) is an evidence-based training. IM challenges participants to synchronize a range of whole-body exercises to a beat. An accuracy score is provided in milliseconds. The game-like features of IM engage the participant with auditory and visual guidance and provide real-time feedback while encouraging the participant to improve their scores. Research has shown that IM can improve cognition, attention, focus, memory, speech/language, executive functioning, comprehension, motor, and sensory skills. 



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