AIT For Stuttering:
Child and Adult AIT Success Stories
Read about a child
and an adult
with stuttering who benefitted from Berard AIT!
On-line AIT Checklist
Provided by Khymberleigh Herwill-Levin,
Berard AIT Practitioner who treated both of these cases.
Reprinted by permission.
CHILD'S SUCCESS STORY WITH STUTTERING
boy (6) who was diagnosed by a Speech Therapist, in the mid 90's from Cape Town,
South Africa. His diagnoses, Stuttering, is a form of disfluency that is
characterized by a high frequency of sound repetition, sound prolongation, and
visible struggle behavior. He was a cute red head, who battled to make and keep
friends and who was visibly embarrassed by his stutter. He had been in speech
therapy for 3 years and nothing really helped. His school principal (who now
happens to be an AIT practitioner) referred him to me.
After the first five days, his stutter developed
into a "hesitation". With in three months, his stutter had disappeared and
really only re-appeared when he was very upset or anxious. He did AIT again one
year later and as far as I am aware he is a healthy "non-stutter" teenager.
ADULT SUCCESS STORY WITH STUTTERING
treated a adult man while living in Israel. Although he was raised in
Israel he was living in France at the time. His parents were my neighbors and
suggested he do the training on his next visit home. His speech "deficit" had
really restricted him from doing many things in life, one dating or having a
partner since he felt that no women would have the patience trying to understand
what he was trying to say.
We did not see any improvement during the 10 days of
AIT and it was very disappointing to him, although I did explain over and over
that he could see improvements over the following six months. I was in constant
contact with his parents and they said that they did notice a slight change in
his speech when he called to speak to them. After about five months on a family
visit, I reassessed him and his results on his listening profile had improved
drastically. I too noticed that he stutter had improved slightly although he
was not convinced.
His parents kept
reporting that they were noticing more and more improvement with every telephone
call that was made.
About 14 months after we completed AIT, I received in the post an invitation
to his wedding and a big Thank You card. His stutter almost disappeared. He
became more confident and was not afraid to speak in public anymore. His wedding
was held in a Wadi in Eilat and he gave the most amazing speech to about 600