Autism (ASD), Echolalia and Auditory Integration Training
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Testimonial by the Parent of a 3 year old boy
with autism who did AIT, Bay Area, CA.
Berard AIT his echolalia has been gradually disappearing since we did
"We took our son
to do Berard
AIT. I never would have tried it, since there are so many interventions
competing for parents’ time, and I’m a bit of a skeptic. But my sister
had had a head injury about 7 years ago and the way my son acted in crowds
reminded me of her – my previously stable sister would run crying out
of parties in frustration from all the noise, for instance. Well, someone
told her about Berard
AIT about a year before we had our son, and within 3 days she said
she realized she could walk in a Mc Donald’s and enjoy the hustle bustle—something
that she hadn’t done since the injury! So I called our Berard
AIT practitioner, who had assisted my sister, to see if it was tried
for autism, and of
course we learned it was.
We told our son the earphones you wear were ear phones for PILOTS. This
made him very excited to try them. And our Berard
AIT practitioner had great toys for him to play with. I recommend
before bringing the child you get him accustomed to some of those padded,
very comfortable ear phones and make it a game. I wouldn't connect
them to anything. I just think it would help with one of the hurdles.
I believe that Berard
AIT caused a great deal of improvement, but we happened to do
3-4 interventions at once so I can’t be 100% sure how much of it was Berard
However, there is one thing that it cured, that I know for sure was cured
by Berard AIT, and it’s very important:
Our son used to have this delay responding.
If he was playing with a bear and a car, and you would say "Pick
up the bear and give it to me” he would keep playing with the bear and
car for a short while as if he didn’t hear you or understand you. It was
a long enough time that it took a while for me to even see this pattern.
Suddenly, he’d give you the bear, or accurately do whatever it was I’d
After the Berard
AIT, if you did the same experiment, he would either immediately give
you the bear, (or immediately say “No!”). So this delay was gone. You
can imagine how this type of delay processing would cause someone to have
difficulty with normal back and forth conversation and interaction.
AIT, his echolalia has been gradually disappearing since we did the
We did the Berard
AIT at the age of 3 years 3 months. I was embarrassed because he was
so fidgety the first two times but the Berard AIT Practitioner was willing
to do it if we were, and lo and behold, he ended up liking it and
it worked great!