This is shared by a parent who has a child with special needs who underwent AIT therapy.
I came across AIT when I was trying to find an educational intervention that would help my son Basti increase his focus and attention in school. He was often easily distracted and had difficulty coping in class. As a child, he had history of allergies and ear infections. He often had cough and colds which were often treated with antibiotics. He developed sound sensitivities around age 2 which made it difficult for him to handle certain sounds like fireworks, thunder, dogs barking, vacuum cleaner, blender, the school bell and even the sound of lights opening and closing. These things used to make him so agitated that he’d end up tuning out- unable to concentrate at the task at hand. He would also cry. I dreaded bringing him to children’s parties, since he would invariably force me and Yaya to sit outside with him. Haircuts were also an ordeal we suffered through and for the longest time I could not tell if he hated the sound of the shaver or the sensation of being shaved and having all that falling hair irritate his skin.
In our efforts to help our son have a better quality of life, we decided to bring the US FDA approved Auditory Integration Training (AIT) therapy to the Philippines. My son Basti had AIT at age 5 and I was his therapist. Many of us don’t realize how important the auditory sense is. When someone says,” oh your child is having difficulty in school”, more often than not we parents tend to think that we need a tutor, more summer lessons. We often don’t realize that a problem with the child’s listening skills could actually lead to problems with the child’s learning ability.
After Basti’s first round of AIT, we noted so many changes over the passing months- his words were clearer, it was easier for him to understand instructions, I didn’t have to call him or repeat instructions several times. His eye contact was consistently better. He was calmer and happier. His handwriting and coloring improved- the lines were deeper and darker, and his coloring more consistent. Although he was still afraid of some sounds – the sound of dogs barking, the vacuum cleaner, the blender and the sound of lights opening and closing no longer bothered him. Parties became easier to go to, he would now allow us to sit at the farthest table from the stage. Even our barber was amazed to see him sit down on the chair for the first time without creating a scandal in the shop.
As a parent, I can’t tell you how happy I am to see my son’s improved quality of life and behaviour in school. Today, Basti has gone much further than we’ve hoped for .