Auditory Integration Training The Magical Mystery Cure Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   October 01, 1999
Auditory Integration Training
 
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  • Anne Marie Tharpe
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
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Special Populations / Autism Spectrum
Clinical Forum   |   October 01, 1999
Auditory Integration Training
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1999, Vol. 30, 378-382. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.3004.378
History: Received July 20, 1998 , Accepted June 30, 1999
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1999, Vol. 30, 378-382. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.3004.378
History: Received July 20, 1998; Accepted June 30, 1999

Since its introduction in this country at the beginning of the decade, auditory integration training (AIT) has generated enthusiasm in parents and some clinicians, and harsh criticism by others. AIT has been promoted as a non-invasive treatment for auditory disorders that are believed to lead to attention and behavior problems. It has been particularly popular as a treatment for autism. Although parents cite numerous anecdotal reports of treatment success, many professionals frown on AIT's widespread practice prior to undergoing scientific scrutiny. The reasons for cautious evaluation of AIT prior to implementation in clinical practice are reviewed, along with a brief summary of current research findings.

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