Auditory Integration Training and Autism
This online article describes and evaluates the use of Auditory Integration Training (AIT) as an autism intervention. AIT approaches, such as the Bérard Method, the Listening Program, Samonas Sound Therapy, and the Tomatis Method, electronically changes the frequencies of sounds in an attempt to change how auditory information is processed in the brain.
The article concludes that the theory behind AIT is weak and unproven, there is no high-quality research evidence to suggest AIT improves core autism symptoms or auditory processing, and that there are potential hazards in using AIT machines. Therefore, the article recommends against the use of AIT.
Research Autism was a charity funding research in autism interventions. Research Autism’s information services have been absorbed by the National Autistic Society (NAS). Founded in 1962, the NAS “provide[s] information, support and pioneering services, and campaign[s] for a better world for autistic people. [Website]
This online article is in English
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