What is the Berard Method of AIT?
Under the guidance of a trained practitioner, the client listens to specially processed music with random alternating high and low frequencies. The music is modulated by an educational device called the Earducator. If an audiotest is completed before the start of AIT, then certain frequencies may be filtered based on individual needs.
The Berard Method requires a series of 20 thirty-minute listening sessions through a headset. There are two sessions a day, three hours apart for ten consecutive days.
The Berard Method of AIT offers evidence based results documented by various studies including the Autism Research Institute study published in 1994 by Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. and Stephan M. Edelson, Ph.D.
What is the Irlen Method?
Irlen screening involves an evaluation to determine which color overlay an individual needs to improve the brain's perceptual ability to read and comprehend written material. In order to determine if the individual has a sensitivity to a certain wavelength of light, (s)he will be taken through an initial inverview, then a testing procedure to determine the appropriate color, while utilizing the Irlen Method.
Once the correct color has been identified, a color overlay is placed on top of written material. This overlay blocks out the sensitive wavelentgh of light. The purpose of the overlay is so that the identified individual with Irlen syndrome will be able to read without distortions. Individuals with Irlen syndrome will see an immediate improvement when reading with the correct overlay. To learn more about the Irlen Method visit www.irlen.com.
May Kelly is a certified screener in using the Irlen Method.
What is Interactive Metronome or IM?
IM is a training tool for brain synchronization. It combines the use of a musical metronome with computer technology to train the individual's rhythm and timing. Rhythm and timing are core components to brain development for higher cognitive functions.
The Theory Which IM is Based
IM is based on the theory of neural plasticity, meaning that the brain is not "hardwired" as scientist once thought. Today, neuro-scientists believe that the brain is "moldable", "flexible", or "plastic". This means that the brain is actually "trainable" and new neural connections can be made, given the right stimulus under the right conditions.
In order for the brain to make new neural connections, the stimulus has to be novel, repetitive, and intense. IM meets these criteria.
Who Uses Interactive Metronome?
Originally, Interactive Metronome was developed to help musicians train their rhythm and timing. Soon after, it was discovered that IM applications are far more diverse and it has been employed as a brain training tool in physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as in individuals with ADD/HD, learning disability, autism, sensory processing and auditory processing difficulties. Other uses of IM are for training in athletic performance, balance, coordination, motor planning and sequencing, and in music.
How Does IM Training Work?
The individual rhythmically activates a trigger to the beat of a "cowbell". The cowbell beat is set at a specific rate, i.e., beats per minute. An instant auditory and visual feedback are given in milliseconds or ms (1000 ms per 1 second) when the individual activates the trigger to the rhythm of the "cowbell" beat.
The IM's advanced feedback system indicates if the individual arrives at the "cowbell" beat early, very early, late or very late, or right on.
As the individual continues to train with IM, the results also continue to improve.
What Are Some of the Benefits of IM?
Increased stamina and endurance, focus, attention, prolonged concentration, ability to filter internal and external distractions, sequencing, motor planning, balance, coordination are some outcomes seen in individuals with autism, learning disability, ADD/HD, sensory processing and auditory processing difficulties. Athletes and musicians wishing to improve their balance, timing, sequencing, and motor control have also seen positive changes in their athletic performance.
How Does ASES Employ the Use of IM?
For individuals with a learning disability, ADD/HD, autism, sensory processing and/or auditory processing difficulties, ASES employs the use of IM as a training tool at about three to four months after auditory training with the Berard Method. This hiatus is an important period for brain re-organization to occur after auditory training, since the Berard Method "prepares" the brain for learning new things. The window of opportunity for learning is after this hiatus. And, the ideal tool for new learning is by training with IM.
Last, but not least, ASES uses IM on individual athletes and musicians who wish to improve or make changes in their performance.
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