AIT Therapy

There are several types of auditory integration therapies. Two popular therapies include the Tomatis Method, which was developed in the 1950s by a French ear, nose, and throat physician, and auditory integration training (AIT), which was developed in the early 1990s by another French physician and based on the Tomatis Method. The basic theory behind both therapies is that an inability to hear specific frequencies results in an inability to process certain sounds. This leads to problems in communication that can trigger behavior problems.

Both types of auditory training require getting hearing tests called audiograms to determine how well the patient hears at various frequencies, followed by twenty sessions over ten days for AIT, and up to seventy-five sessions for the Tomatis Method.

Because the testing and therapies may not be covered by insurance, these treatments can be far more expensive and timeconsuming than standard childhood ADHD therapy.


A word of warning: Although AIT and the Tomatis Method don't have negative side effects other than the substantial time and cost involved, one significant downside is that once your child undergoes these therapies, he must agree to never again wear headsets when listening to music — so tell your child to be prepared to part with his earbuds.

Today, AIT is far more popular than the Tomatis Method, and has also undergone more research studies. While auditory integration therapy does not have the National Institute of Mental Health stamp of approval as a treatment for childhood ADHD, some experts believe it is very beneficial to children who have hypersensitivity issues as well as ADHD.

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