health & dyslexia: auditory integration training (ait)
Auditory Integration Training (AIT)
Auditory Integration Training was developed in 1982, by a French ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist, Dr Guy Berard, to normalize hearing and the way the brain processes information. Berard realised that many people with acute hearing problems often had learning disorders such as dyslexia, ADHD and other learning difficulties.
Some people have different hearing levels in each ear. Others can have hearing problems which include: hypersensitivity to certain frequencies; when right and left ears perceive sounds in different ways this can lead to poor sound discrimination – leading onto learning difficulties.
AIT helps people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties by developing better concentration, awareness of decreased sound sensitivity. Berard’s, book: ‘Hearing Equals Behaviour’, (ISBN: 0-87983-600-8) published by Keats has some good case samples.
Some students with ADHD have also reported less impulsivity and restlessness and reduction in-distractibility.