Auditory Integration Training

All five senses—hearing, touch, movement, smell, taste, and vision—facilitate our understanding of the world and enhance our skill development. A dysfunction in one or more of the senses, however, can impact the mastery of fine and gross motor skills, language processing and social-emotional development.

Many researchers consider music-based programs that use sound vibration to stimulate brain processing an effective means of improving listening and facilitating sensory processing. In combination with other therapies (speech and language, occupational therapy), listening programs can have positive effects on many developmental skills: modulation/regulation, activity level/arousal, attention, emotions/behaviors, social-emotional, play, speech/language, spatial and body awareness, and self-help.

Cawn/Krantz uses Auditory Integration Training™ (AIT) for listening interventions.

Auditory Integration Training™ is an intensive intervention that retrains an individual's ability to process sound input in a more efficient manner, thereby enhancing auditory processing skills. Using specially modulated and filtered pop music, this music-based program facilitates sensory processing by impacting both the auditory system and the vestibular sensory system ‘housed' in the ear. The vestibular system is a powerful integrator that interacts with other sensory systems: it detects head movement in relation to gravity, impacting balance, postural tone, and coordination. Together the auditory and vestibular systems enable a child to perceive movement and sound.

AIT is structured to enhance listening skills and sound tolerance: participants attend 20 listening sessions over a 10-day period—two sessions a day, each lasting 30 minutes. In addition to the sound treatment, Cawn/Krantz encourages additional support by a trained occupational therapist to guide the child and provide additional sensory input and/or guidelines for sensory-motor activities.

Benefits of AIT include improvements with self-regulation, attention, communication, temporal-spatial organization, motor control, visual motor skills, handwriting, and reading. Children with learning and language, attention deficit, autism spectrum, and sensory integration disorders benefit from participating in this therapy program.

For more information on AIT at Cawn/Krantz, contact Gwen Reilly at (847) 480-8890 x18 or via email. To learn about Berard's Method of AIT, click here.

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