The Autism Research Institute (ARI) was instrumental in bringing auditory integration training (AIT) to the U.S. In the late 1970's and early 1980's, ARI's Director, Bernard Rimland, heard positive reports from parents in the U.S. who had taken their autistic son/daughter to Annecy, France to receive AIT from Guy Berard, M.D., a pioneer in the development of AIT. Dr. Rimland hosted a visit to the U.S. by Dr. Berard, as well as visiting him in France to discuss AIT's application to autism. In the early 1990's, Dr. Rimland and his colleague, Steve Edelson, Ph.D., conducted the first empirical study on the efficacy of AIT in autism; the results were quite promising (Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1995). They have published two additional studies which also showed positive effects from AIT (American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 1994; Focus on Autism and Developmental Disorders,1999).
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