This blog has been designed to help people learn about effective, simple treatments for attention deficit disorder, autism, auditory processing disorders, dyslexia, and even challenges learning a new language.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Do's and Don'ts during AIT

Auditory Integration Therapy is a passive treatment. The only real requirement of the listener is, well, to listen! However, there are some do's and don't to keep in mind during your AIT sessions.

Do ...
... bring favourite toys, colouring books, and games to occupy your time. These toys should not make noise, though, so they don't compete with the AIT. We have toys in the office, but bring anything else that might pass the time more enjoyably.
... bring soft foods to nibble on, if you think hunger may be an issue.
... bring a bottle of water, as long as the bottle is contained (e.g., sippy cup or sports bottle, not open-mouth bottles) to minimize spillage.

Don't ...
... bring a book. Many people with auditory processing problems have learned to shut off their hearing in order to read. Thus, reading during AIT can interfere with the active listening.
... bring crunchy foods, as the crunch will interfere with listening.
... try to talk during AIT; you won't be able to hear my responses over the music. Save your questions for before or after your session.

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