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Frequently Asked AIT Questions

For what conditions might AIT be helpful?

Dyslexia, dyspraxia, reading difficulties, language difficulties, clumsiness, co-ordination and balance issues, ADD, ADHD, and for those labelled as being on the autism or Asperger’s spectra.

Do you only work with children?

Our clients are mainly children and young adults, and we tend to see more males than females, however we do also see adults of all ages.

How long does the treatment take?

Two half hour sessions daily, either ten days consecutively or twelve days with a two day weekend break.

Is there a minimum age for an AIT programme?

Dr. Bérard cautions against employing the programme for children under three, and even at three a child can find spending thirty minutes at a time with heavy headphones on distressing.

Must a parent be present for all sessions?

With younger children we find the parent is integral to the smooth delivery of the programme, though with each successive session parental involvement becomes less.

How does the programme work?

By constantly presenting novel stimuli to the ear and brain which in the process of interpretation abandon older pathways and form new, clearer connections.

Are these programmes invasive?

Not at all. That said, it is quite normal that a child will rebel against the first session finding the earphones used and the noises coming through them uncomfortable. Usually the same child will arrive for the second session eager to start.

Does the programme work in the first ten-day period or is it necessary to repeat?

With Auditory Integration Training (AIT) improvements often continue to occur in the weeks or months following the treatment and one single programme is normally sufficient. If the audiometric test or observed behaviour indicates that further improvements can be made, a second programme may be considered, but normally not until quite some time has elapsed.

Are there any side-effects of the treatment?

During the course of the ten-day programme irritability, fractiousness, nausea, changes in sleeping or toileting patterns may be seen. A child may revert to earlier unwelcome behaviours - hitting, biting and the like. These are usually short-lived.

What equipment used for AIT?

The equipment used for AIT at Lily Street Light is the Earducator developed for, and approved by, Dr. Guy Bérard.

What is involved in an assessment?

Ideally assessment is done before the training starts. It takes around two hours during which a detailed history is taken and questionnaire completed, and audiometric testing is done for those old enough or able to take this.

Where possible, additional hearing tests are done at the halfway and at the final points.

The initial assessment is good for up to three months. However, if for some reason training cannot begin within that time frame, it is advisable to re-test as the situation may have changed, thereby making it advisable to re-assess for continued appropriacy of the individualised programme.

Do you charge for assessments?

No. Assessment is free and there is no obligation to follow any programme recommended.

Is a GP or other professional’s referral required?

No. But these contacts are duly noted on the intake form. However, if reports from other professionals are available it can be helpful if these are brought along at the time of the assessment. Information given to the centre at assessment time or subsequently is kept strictly confidential.

What are the costs of an assessment and of an AIT programme?

Assessment is free. The ten day twice daily AIT programme is AUD$1,500.

Can I get funding for the programme from Medicare or my health insurance provider?

No, at this time AIT is not recognised for compensation in Australia as it is not classified as a medical intervention. We are continuing to work towards gaining such recognition.