We did this program last February (09) because I had done a lot of research on listening programs that have shown positive results in children that are sensitive to sound, speech delay, auditory processing issues, etc.  The main issue is it is an experimental/research program so many physicians do not support it.  The good news is, it is not harmful in anyway…it just isn’t proven so many drs say they don’t have enough evidence to prove benefits.  But, I believe that you try everything at least once…so I did. And, I saw some great results with this.  Tyler’s teachers had told me that he appeared more attentive suddenly.  His eye contact improved, and the most remarkable thing was he really started connecting with people and he became instantly less sensitive to loud sounds.  In the past, he would cover his ears and yell until I stopped the noise that bothered him.  After the program, he would just either cover his ears and ask nicely or most of the time not even notice the noise.  The benefits have lasted but, I have seen a little loss from the initial results.  But, the good news is I heard that this is not something you would necessarily do every year.  I have heard (but ask a professional) that you could do it up to 3 times.  After that, what is see is really what you are going to get.  But, from my experience it was worth it. 

AIT is usually a 10 day program where you listen to music for 1 hour during that day.  I did it in 30 min intervals.  Once in the morning and the other during the evening.  There are a few types of AIT.  I am familiar with Berard and Tomatis.  Tyler did Berard last year and I believe Shelley will be doing Tomatis with him this year. As for insurance, it used to be covered –in fact when I did it last year it was, but from what I have heard recently it may no longer be.  If you are interested in hearing more about this, send me an email and I can tell you how much it typically costs to conduct.


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  1. Andrew started a listening program in July 2009. I also am under the thinking that if it can’t hurt, I’ll try it. I know that a lot of people, including doctors and speech therapists don’t believe in the listening programs, however, Andrew’s previous OT thought Andrew could benefit from it so I gave it a try.

    Andrew is still doing the program. He listens to a CD through Sennhesier headphones twice a day for 30 minutes. The sessions have to be separated by 3 hours. The only things that are discouraged for Andrew to do while listening, is watching tv and playing video games. Anything else, including eating or drinking is OK. He gets a new, different CD every 10 days to 2 weeks.

    I found that Andrew did improve with the program. His speech improved, his auditory processing improved and his sensitivity to sound decreased.

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