The Key Clinic uses a multi-disciplinary, integrated approach to find the right key to unlock potential. There are four main keys or therapies: Neurodevelopmental Movement, Auditory Therapy, Cranial Osteopathy, and Nutrient Therapy.
What is it?
Auditory Integration Training (AIT) is a ground-breaking therapy based on the work of French ENT specialist, Dr Guy Berard, which discovers and can resolve the hearing distortions behind many speech, behavioural and learning problems.
What can it help with?
- Speech and language delays and difficulties
- Hypersensitive hearing
- Poor concentration
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
- Sensory processing disorder (SPD)
- Auditory processing disorder (APD)
How does it work?
When a child has speech and language problems, or broader behavioural and learning issues, we rarely ask the essential question, ‘how are they hearing?’. Dr Berard asked exactly this. So, while most audiograms measure hearing loss, the Berard audiogram measures how a person hears, by precisely measuring the quietest sound they can hear across the full 11 frequency range of speech and language.
Children might be delayed in developing speech because a distortion in the way they are hearing means they hear only one part of a word, rather than all of it. If they have left-ear dominance – and sound in the left hear takes longer to reach the brain than sound in the right ear – they might be hearing words in reverse order (and be labelled dyslexic) or suffer from speech problems and stuttering.
Some children can have hypersensitive, even painful, hearing that causes them to withdraw (often leading to a diagnosis of autism); or it makes them easily distracted. Berard also discovered a particular hearing pattern which contributes to some types of depression.
Berard Auditory Integration Training (AIT) uses music, processed through an Earducator, to ‘retrain’ the ears to hear in a more balanced way. The treatment period is 10 hours (two 30-minute sessions a day) and improvements in behaviour and the ability to process sound are often seen during, and immediately after, the course. The improvements continue to develop for up to twelve months after the treatment.
- Reduced hearing hypersensitivity
- Better auditory processing
- Better listening comprehension
- Improved speech
- Improved reading
- Reduced depression
- Lowered anxiety
- Better socialisation and communication
- Better concentration
- More energy