Vestibular System and Auditory Integration Training
On-line AIT Checklist
Mary E. Scholer, OT/R, San Jose, CA.
Occupational Therapist in Autism and Sensory Processing
Disorder for 30 years
continue to see that Berard Auditory Integration Training is strongly influencing
the vestibular system of children who participate. Those children with
severe vestibular issues often get "BIG BANG" in positive results
after Berard AIT."
vestibular system is being heavily influenced with the Auditory Integration
Training input and that this is what is making the big difference for
the Auditory Integration Training candidates who need work on the vestibular
system. The vestibular system influences so many areas of the body
and their functions. Improving
the vestibular area allows an Auditory Integration Training candidate
to be more fully functioning human beings.
Many licensed Occupational
who work daily in the trenches with the vestibular system interpret these
functional changes seen with Auditory Integration Training to be more
of a vestibular influence than anything else.
is because it is not a single muscle doing all that, as the stapedius
muscle is simply an efficient mechanical link to get to the vestibular
stapedius muscle is a skeletal muscle.
it is influenced, like the other skeletal muscles for long sustained
contractions to keep us upright in space, working against gravity,
maintaining our posture and holding positions by the vestibular system.
muscles are NOT suppose to be under voluntary control.
Auditory Integration Training candidates who have problems with vestibular
influence on these muscles, the only way they keep themselves up against
gravity is through either constant wiggling or seeking constant external
support for posture, by lying on the floor or by leaning on surfaces.
flexor muscle groups, however, are influenced by the red nucleus,
not the vestibular system.
muscle groups ARE under voluntary control. They are phasic
muscles, meant for sprinting, and are not for sustaining.
flexor group muscles are the muscles we use to do activities such
as play with objects, do sports, draw, write, eat, dress ourselves
and engage in our environment in so many ways.
against gravity with the flexor muscle groups are key to motor planning