Neuroplasticity refers to the ability of a neuron to chanage or grow when the proper stimulation is provided. Neuroplasticity enables the brain to remodel itself through development through new neural pathways and is present until death. Michal Merzinich, whom many consider to be the worlds leading expert on neuroplasticity, claims that the brain is constantly adapting itself and is always "learning how to learn," when given the proper nourishment and exercise. (Doidge, 2007) When damage occurs, the brain attempts to repair itself by developing new neural connections to compensate for the disrupted area. The neurons depend on proper stimulation in order for reorganization to occur. This stimulation should be novel or unique and be provided with intensity and repetition. Berard Auditory Integration Training achieves this in several ways, including the use of modulated music that shifts very rapidly and randomly between treble and bass. Since we normally hear sounds with treble and bass blended together, this unique presentation creates some of the stimulation for reorganization. The weak pathways may be strengthened and new connections may be formed between neurons that are intact. This is what Dr. Berard came to believe after many years of providing AIT and seeing vast improvements in so many children.
The FDA Permits the Following Statement
Auditory Integration Training remediates impairments in auditory discrimination (sound sensitivity and auditory distortion) associated with autism, learning disabilities, and related disorders - ADD & ADHD, CAPD (Central Auditory Processing Disorder), SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), Dyslexia.