A Young Child's Diary of Success with Berard AIT
written by the parent of a 3 year old boy with hyperacute hearing who
"The results are truly beyond expectation.
"Our 3 year 7 month old son Stirling has been classified as ASD with attention issues, auditory processing disorder, behavioral issues, noise sensitivities, sensory processing disorder, speech and language delay.
We decided to pursue a course of Berard Auditory Integration Training with Karon Shear, who practices under the name of Learning to Listen. The course started Monday, September 14, 2009 and will continue for 20 sessions over a 10 day period with a 2 day break after 5 days and end Friday, September 25.
We are writing to express our amazement at the dramatic, positive effects that the training has had on Stirling, and wish to state the following significant examples of changes in him, which can undoubtedly be attributed to the AIT.
1. After day 2 of treatment, we observed that Stirling lost his fear of emergency vehicles on call, which up to then had been a nerve-wracking experience for him, and therefore us. This dramatic improvement continues to date, and Stirling has no fear when he hears the sound of such vehicles sirens. In fact he happily remarks that there goes a “bee buzz”.
2. He slept through the night on day one and this breakthrough in sleep pattern has continued.
3. He has started to pay attention to other children playing around him, and has initiated play activity which did not happen before AIT.
4. He asks what some very small noises are, that should not be new to him, e.g. the noise of a child pulling a toy wagon along the ground at some distance.
5. On day 6 of AIT there was a noticeable general calming occurring.
6. He has concentrated on an item of craft which involves the threading of a bootlace through the holes in the boot. He succeeded for the first time - 1) in concentrating and 2) in successfully threading the laces. This did not happen before.
7. He has twice corrected a sentence with effort (going back to beginning of sentence and putting in new word). His speech is clearer, more appropriate, and the loops of conversation have increased.
8. He has stopped using a particular inappropriate phrase.
9. He is coping better with long trips in the car. (The drive from Abbotsford to Vancouver every day.)
10. He is listening to and obeying instructions (without repetition), e.g. no shoes in car, etc., without having a meltdown.
11. He had a compulsion to feel bare skin, in particular his mother’s bare stomach. This compulsion has disappeared.
12. He recognizes numbers 6 and 4, which he did not do previously.
13. He is saying his name “Stirling” which he never said before, and also telling people his name (at last).
14. He tried on new clothes in a store with no fuss and even looked in the mirror. He never liked new clothes before.
15. He is playing better with his brother, Trenton.
16. He is more conscious of body functions. Before AIT he was totally oblivious to soiled diapers and questions regarding the state of his diaper or need for potty.
The results are truly beyond expectation. We would have been satisfied to have achieved only one or two of the above improvements. We are happy to discuss the above with anyone who wishes to contact us."