AIT FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to questions we hear often. If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate contacting us.

AIT PLUS is a unique combination of three therapies, Auditory Integration Training using Dr.Guy Berard’s method, plus Light Therapy and a Sound Modulation System. This combination was pioneered and developed by the National Light & Sound Therapy Centre in London, who incorporated the work of Dr.Tomatis, whose work became famous for treating children with autism and behaviour problems. AIT PLUS has proved to be more effective than either of the therapies individually. Originally the Centre followed Dr.Berard’s recommendations and used his AIT alone. Our results matched his with only approximately one quarter of parents reporting there were major changes in their child. We were not satisfied with this success rate and after incorporation the additional therapies, the success rate increased significantly and now the results show almost half the children have major improvements in speech, communication, behaviour, autistic traits and in learning abilities. Our results are documented and our statistics are available on request.
It is used people with autism and it is also effective for children who are not autistic but have communication difficulties, temper tantrums, short attention span and learning disabilities. It is also useful for and can alleviate sound sensitivity, which may be present in children with autism as well as in children with ADD or ADHD. Since the therapy is a method of stimulating the brain, we treat children and adults with a wide range of other difficulties. We have more recently had considerable success with children with Down’s Syndrome, people with OCD, depression and anxiety.
No. There is no guarantee that AIT PLUS will change your child’s behaviour or standard of learning or attention span, but according to the figures gathered from treating over one thousand children the results seen are as follows:

  • 46% report “a major improvement”
  • 24% report “a good response”
  • 21% report “minor changes”
  • 9% report “no change”

Of these children documented, approximately half were on the autistic spectrum. The rest had a variety of other difficulties, with the largest number having behaviour and speech and communication problems.

The Centre is a Registered National Health Service Provider and many GPs refer children for treatment, but you may refer yourself and can make an appointment without involving your doctor if you wish. Your GP will need to write to your Local Health Authority (PCT) to arrange funding for your child. If you need help with this we can advise how to go about it.
The two-week course of AIT PLUS, including Consultations costs £2,250. You can find several links on this website to Charities that have frequently funded children for this unique treatment. The Caudwell Children Trust are particularly helpful for children with a diagnosis of being on the autistic spectrum.

Some medical insurance companies will pay for Consultations only, some may pay for the entire treatment. You will need to check with your insurer.

The child sits in a comfortable chair or on a parent’s lap. Head-phones are put over the child’s ears through which she or he will hear the adapted music selections. There is a coloured gentle light shining on the ceiling and at each session the child is bathed in a pleasant coloured light that fluctuates in intensity. The music selections are filtered through Dr.Berard’s original Audiokinetron. The sounds may be slightly distorted so that the music is not always clear but the sounds are pleasant and recognisable. It often takes several days until the child co-operates fully and in most cases by the end of the first week, the child sits through the entire session without difficulty.
On booking an appointment for treatment we send parents an information sheet with suggestions on how to get your child used to wearing head-phones. We gradually darken the room so that the coloured lights are more effective. The lights are gentle deep colours and do not flash or change colour quickly. They have been developed specifically for children with epilepsy so as to eliminate any possibility of fits occurring as a result of lights flashing.
The course of treatment covers two weeks, usually starting on a Monday through to Friday and continuing the next week, Monday to Friday. The sessions each last approximately 30 minutes and there are two sessions daily. There should be at least three hours between sessions, so the appointments are made at a three or four hour interval.
You may stay in the Centre where there is a playroom for the children. We have a selection of books whilst you are waiting. There is a fridge and microwave for your use and facilities for making tea or coffee. There is a park very close to the Centre where there are animals and a children’s play area and a café.  The nearest shops are within walking distance. The Centre is approximately half an hour by bus from Wood Green Shopping City and half an hour by Underground from Oxford Circus. A map of the local area and places of interest is available on arrival.
For many children one course of treatment is sufficient but some children benefit from a further course. Some children have been treated three times or four times with good results each time but it is advisable not to repeat the treatment before 12 months have elapsed.
Yes. All information is kept strictly confidential. Neither your name nor any identifying details will be given to anyone without your express permission.
We ask parents to make a diary to enable them to note down any changes seen. Very often the changes are subtle and frequently parents say, “it may be a co-incidence, but Jimmy started looking directly at me for the first time…………….”
Most children do not achieve the full benefit until up to six months after treatment. At that time we ask parents to review their child’s progress and fill in an Evaluation Questionnaire. This helps us assess the benefits of AIT PLUS and is useful to ensure continuous improvement of the treatment. Therapists are available after treatment to discuss your child’s progress at any time.
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