Comparison Table of Various Auditory Interventions

Over the past 10 years many auditory interventions have been developed, most of them based on the work of Drs. Alfred Tomatis and Guy Berard. Parents and professionals who seek information about auditory interventions are often confused by the different programs available. This chart is the first in a series of comparison charts on various auditory interventions and is intended to describe the similarities and differences among these interventions. Six Berard AIT programs are listed first, followed by three Tomatis programs, and then the SAMONAS Sound Therapy program. Within each field, the programs are listed in alphabetical order.

Most of the programs listed in the table, except the SAMONAS Sound Therapy, report very similar benefits to their clients. The most common benefits reported include: a decrease in sound sensitivity and behavioral problems, and an increase in attention, auditory/sensory processing, general calmness, communication, and reading. The benefits reported with the SAMONAS Sound Therapy include: bilateral development, spatial orientation/awareness, motor skills, general calmness, and communication. Note: The cost of the program and devices are in U.S. dollars unless specified.

 

 

 

Part I of III

 

Berard-Based
Name of Program => Audio Tone Enhancer/Trainer: (BGC device) Berard Auditory Integration Training: (AudioKinetron) Berard Auditory Integration Training: (Earducator/6F) Digital Auditory Aerobics (DAA)
Based on the theories and/or clinical experience Guy Berard &
Bill Clark
Guy Berard Guy Berard Guy Berard
Main Contacts Device is no longer available Guy Berard
fax: 011-33-450-603246
Sally Brockett 203-234-7401 ideasb@cshore.com www.ideatrainingcenter.com Keith McBurnie 888-257-9516 ppgsouth@msn.com georgianainstitute@snet.net
Length of Program 20 ½-hour sessions over a 10- to 20-day period 20 ½-hour sessions over a 10- to 20-day period 20 ½-hour sessions over a 10- to 20-day period 20 ½-hour sessions over a 10- to 20-day period
Cost of Program Varies, usually between $1000 and $2000 Varies, usually between $1000 and $2000 Varies, usually between $1000 and $2000 Varies, usually between $1000 and $2000
Number of peer-reviewed studies said to support program 2 2 0 0
Number of other research studies said to support program 12 6 0 0
Considers studies on similar devices to be supportive of program No No Yes AudioKinetron Yes, AudioKinetron
No. of supportive studies specific to the device 14 8 1 0
Practitioner training Varies, usually involves a 1- to 2-day course 3- to 4-day course Four-day training course and internship for first 10 clients No training; manual is sent with device
Cost of training Device is no longer available Device is no longer available $2000 Not Applicable
Cost of equipment Device is no longer available Device is no longer available Earducator/6F $4195 Digital Auditory Aerobics device $4975

 


 

 

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Berard-Based SAMONAS
Name of Program => Electronic Auditory Stimulation Effect (EASe) Kirby Method of AIT using the Kirby Auditory Modulation System SAMONAS Sound Therapy
Based on the theories and/or clinical experience Guy Berard Wayne Kirby & Guy Berard Ingo Steinbach
Main Contacts William P. Mueller 1-888-213-7858 www.vision-audio.com Dr. Wayne Kirby, D.A. 828-254-7160 DrKirby@seriouscomposer.com www.seriouscomposer.com SAMONAS International 608-270-2284 PoaUS@somonas.com www.samonas.com
Length of Program ½-hour sessions, 2 times/day,
from 2 – 12 wks
½-hour sessions over a
10- to 12-day period
8 to 16 weeks, depending on the decision of the practitioner
Cost of Program Varies, depending on severity & practitioner Varies, depending on practitioner Varies
Number of peer-reviewed studies said to support program 0 0 0
Number of other research studies said to support program 0 1 0
Considers studies on similar devices to be supportive of program Yes, AudioKinetron Yes, AudioKinetron No
No. of supportive studies specific to the device 1 [biochemical study on chicks] 1 0
Practitioner training Manual is included with compact discs 3-day course and one year supervision 5-day course
Cost of training Not Applicable $2000 SAMONAS: $1200; Listening with Whole Body: $475 (uses EASe discs)
Cost of equipment $200 to $400, depending on number of CDs purchased Professional System: $4500; In-Home System: $695 ‘Clinic use’ starting at $400; ‘in home use’ starting at $200

 


 

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Tomatis-Based
Name of Program => Tomatis Method: Audio-Psycho-Phonology Listening Fitness The Listening ProgramTM
Based on the theories and/or clinical experience Alfred Tomatis Alfred Tomatis &
Paul Madaule
Alfred Tomatis
Main Contacts U.S.: The Listening Centre 972-404-8152; Tomatis@dallas.net; World: Tomatis Develop. 352-262720-20 info@tomatis-group.com Sophie Garceau 416-588-4136 info@listeningfitness.com, www.listeningfitness.com Advanced Brain Technologies 801-622-5676 info@advancedbrain.com, www.advancedbrain.com; UK: twi@pobox.com
Length of Program Varies, average: 60 hours (two ½-hour sessions,
2 hrs/day)
Varies with LiFT Instructor & services Varies, 20 to 40 hours; some may need up to 80 hrs
Cost of Program Varies, $50/hr; $40/hr home program $30-55/hr CDN Varies, between $375
and $850
Number of peer-reviewed studies said to support program 3 0 0
Number of other research studies said to support program Several doctoral dissertations 0 1
Considers studies on similar devices to be supportive of program No Yes, Tomatis’
Electronic Ear
Yes, Tomatis’
Electronic Ear
No. of supportive sutides specific to the device Three plus doctoral dissertations 0 1
Practitioner training Not available in U.S. 3 ½ day course, supervised 7 clients in 18 months 2-day course
Cost of training Not Applicable $1320 $395
Cost of equipment Equipment not for sale in U.S., Available in France The LiFT Kit (Listening Fitness Trainer): $1570 Included in cost of training

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