How AIT Got Its Name
In his practice, Dr. Guy Berard used the terms ‘auditory training’ and sometimes ‘auditory re-training’ to refer to his method of auditory stimulation. As most readers know, Berard’s method involves the use of modulation and narrow band filters. Soon after this intervention was introduced in the United States (in the early 1990’s), there was much confusion between Berard’s method and another method which was also termed ‘auditory training.’ The latter method involves the use of an FM device used to transmit a teacher’s voice to a student who wears a small receiver in his/her ear.
Dr. Bernard Rimland felt that a better term was needed to describe Berard’s method. He realized that Berard’s method could be considered a form of sensory integration; and after much thought, he coined the phrase ‘Auditory Integration Training’ or ‘AIT.’ At the same time, a few practitioners started using the term ‘Auditory Enhancement Training’ to differentiate Berard’s method from the other form of ‘auditory training.’ This term is still used by some people today. Since the term ‘AIT’ is used by most professionals and families, we recommend that all practitioners use this term to avoid confusion.
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This article appeared in a previous issue of The Sound Connection,
1996, Vol. 4, No. 1,
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