Berard Auditory Integration Training (AIT) is an intense non-invasive music-based intervention. Over 10-12 days, clients listen to specially filtered and modulated music in half hour sessions. The hearing response is normalized across all frequencies within the normal hearing range and between both ears. By addressing sensory problems, such as hearing distortions and hyperacusis (oversensitive hearing), AIT can improve attention, comprehension, and learning ability.
The ENT physician Dr. Guy Berard developed AIT in the 1950s in Annecy, France. His book Hearing Equals Behavior was published in 1982, but was not translated to English until 1993. By 1994, over 10,000 US children and adults had received the training. AIT is now used worldwide.
AIT can be helpful for many learning & behavioral challenges:
- Auditory Processing Dysfunction (APD)
- Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID)
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Behavior (OCB)
- Speech & language delays
- Temper management
In 2001, Carol Jean Butler was certified as a Berard AIT practitioner. Since then, she has worked with clients along the US east coast from Maine to South Carolina, in California, and in the Middle East. She supplements AIT with a customized sensory/holistic program for each client.