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Auditory Integration Training
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AUDITORY INTEGRATION TRAINING SERVICES
Oakdale Child and Family Services Ltd. is pleased to announce that Berard's method
of Auditory Integration Training has become an added service to their program.
Oakdale provides 24 hour residential management care to Autistic and
developmentally handicapped individuals in Toronto and in Barrie.
Auditory integration training is also available to clients outside of Oakdale.
The portability of this service allows the treatment to be brought to any community
and will benefit individuals who are restricted by travel.
A great deal of research supports the theory that many Autistic individuals
have sensory dysfunctions in one or more areas.
According to the Autism Research Institute in California, approximately 40%
of Autistic children display some signs of hyperacute hearing, which can result in painful hearing.
Dr. Berard has specialized in the treatment of individuals with Auditory Processing problems including those with Autism. Berard's method has also been used for people who have Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, Pervasive Developmental Delays, Attention Deficit Disorders, and Bipolar disorders.
The Treatment consists of selected music listened through headphones, fed by Berard's Kinetron of 20 - 1/2 hour sessions, over a period of 10 days.
Benefits of this treatment may be improvement in areas of attention span and auditory stimuli, increase in appropriate social behaviors, reduction in echolalia, hypersensitivity to sounds, aggression, self abuse and self stimulation.
Oakdale is very excited to be offering this new service. Ralph Bache, the Director of the Barrie, Ontario program, who has received a certificate form Dr. Guy Berard, may be reached for further information in Barrie at (705) 737-0940 and in Toronto, Ontario at (416) 699-5600.
WHAT IS AUDITORY INTEGRATION TRAINING?
The principle of AIT is simple and is based on the same concept involved in any cure
by mechanical means, coming under the heading of mechanotherapy:
If the movement of a part of the body is partially blocked or painful, i.e.: the elbow,
a masseur undertakes, by successive flexing and extending maneuvers which are progressively
more accentuated, to increase mobility and to reduce pain. This influences not only
the related muscles, but also the corresponding area of the brain.
In the auditory system, going from the eardrum to the brain cells, concise zones exist
corresponding to low-pitched and to high-pitched tones. These parts are not anatomically
similar on the eardrum, on the cochlea and, perhaps, in the brain itself. If one or the
other of these ares of auditory system is stimulated by certain programmed alternating
sounds, the same identical result as that obtained by mobilization of the elbow is achieved.
Audiometric examinations carried out in thousands of cases, before and after AIT, have
confirmed the accuracy of this reasoning.
In Cases where audiometric testing indicates certain frequencies on which hearing is
hyperacute and painful, AIT involves listening to music with those frequencies
filtered out. The auditory system reacts to this therapy by adjusting the totality
of the frequencies heard. Thus, the audiometric curve tends to flatten and hearing is
normalized, maintaining the former frequency differentiations but eliminating the
HOW IS AUDITORY INTEGRATION TRAINING APPLIED?
The machine designed by Dr. Guy Berard for the purpose of AIT, called the "Kenetron," was
developed in France and is the product of many years of clinical experience. It is manufactured
by a French Company, SAPP, located in Amiens, France. The foundation is in the process of
arranging to be the supplier of Kinetrons in the U.S.
By means of careful audiometric testing which is an integral part of the AIT method developed
by Dr. Berard, it can be determined at what frequencies a person has hyperacute or hypoacute
hearing. Based on this audiogram, various compact discs are selected containing music
determined to be the best for the person receiving the training. That music is then played on a
standard compact disc player and fed through the Kinetron. In turn, that device has been set
in accordance with the person's audiogram to amplify and/or filter each frequency of the sound
spectrum. The person listens to the music through standard headphones.
The treatment is a short one, consisting of 20 half-hour sessions at a rate of one or two per
day over a total period of ten to 20 days. This period of time is sufficiently long to ensure the
success of the training for most people, although additional treatment is sometimes useful.