Now that I’m going to be a mom, I’ve been reading a lot on a child’s development. One of the things that I have come across is reading about Auditory Integration Training. Auditory Integration Training or AIT isn’t that popular yet in the Philippines since only one center here practices AIT. This center is the Sound Therapy Learning Center at the Promenade Building in Wilson, San Jaun.
In 1998, the US FDA evaluated AIT and approved of it as a safe and effective means of re-mediating impairments in auditory discrimination associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), Dyslexia, Language Delays and Communication disorders. AIT also helps with Sensory Processing Disorders, Sensory Issues, Hyperlexia and Non Verbal learning disorders. Most articles that I have read mentions that AIT can help relieve hypersensitive hearing. Sometimes our babies/children become fuzzy due to sensory overload.
With AIT, they say that your child will be able to concentrate, listen, and learn better. You will also see improvements in hearing, seeing, touching, smelling, tasting, balancing, fine motor skills, coordination and hand writing, focusing, processing and being aware of his/her surroundings. Before a child can start taking the 20 sessions of AIT in Sound Therapy Learning Center, he/she undergoes a pre-screening evaluation.
What are the benefits of AIT? I got this from the STLC website:
1. Normalize and improve hearing distortions.
2. How children perceive sounds as they develop is very important as this can affect the way they acquire their language skills. Any abnormalities in verbal perception will result in an inaccurate imitation of sound.
3. Improve sensory processing (which is very important for children with sensory issues). Children who have difficulty integrating and interpreting internal and external sensory cues will encounter difficulty in learning to communicate.
4. Improve the ways in which the brain processes auditory information. This in turn impacts on the different areas of the brain that controls the different senses and systems of the body.
5. Stimulate the auditory (as well as vestibular) and neurological systems. The vestibular and auditory systems are closely related and difficulties in this area can impact on speech and language development.
6. Improve sensory overload tolerance and reduce self-stimulating behaviors.
7. Diminishes or resolves behaviors related to sensory defensiveness. People who are sensory defensive often react negatively to or experience anxiety to sensory input that is generally considered harmless to other people. Both painful and uncomfortable, it can impair one’s ability to attend to daily tasks. Example: a child may refuse to join a loud party, have a haircut, or be orally defensive (in the case of an extremely picky eater).
8. Improve speech and language.
9. Improve behavior and learning.
10. Improve mood and social skills.
11. Improve comprehension which impacts on learning which may lead to better academic performance.
How does Auditory Integration Training work?
Again, this training is comprised of 20 sessions, 30 minutes each. Your child must take 2 sessions a day with a minimum of 3 hour rest period in between sessions. The child may choose to rest after 10 sessions for a period of 2 days (max) before continuing with the rest of the training. All sessions are scheduled by appointment.
If you are interested to know more about the Auditory Integration Training (AIT) at the Sound Therapy Learning Center, please visit their website: http://soundtherapy.ph/
Their contact details are:
Sound Therapy Learning Center
Unit 7 3rd Floor, The Promenade Building
198 Wilson St. Corner P. Guevarra
1006 San Juan, Metro Manila
PHONE: +63(2) 775.81.00
MOBILE: +63(917) 887.78.52
Open Monday to Friday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM