Sarah Gewanter, MSW, LCSW, Director
Berard Auditory Integration Winter 2013 Newsletter


It's been two months since our daughter Meiko's last Booster session and I am happy to report that the symptoms related to her Cerebral Palsy are still improving! 

When Meiko started AIT I was anticipating changes in her speech and hearing, which occurred, plus more.

Our once nonverbal child developed a vocabulary including the words: hi, good, yeah, and yum, within six months. Her latest and greatest new word is, Daddy!

Her hearing is balancing out too. Meiko is processing and reacting to verbal cues everyday.

I was bursting  with joy when she joined in to sing with me one night, in my chant, "Meiko's got the rhythm!" She even created her own special way to communicate 'yes', 'no', and 'I'm sleepy'.

Since the booster sessions, Meiko's hypersensitivity has gotten much better, allowing her to wear glasses, which, until AIT she would not tolerate.

Now, she is happily making visual and auditory connections and  participating more in the world around her.

I am so happy we made the decision to use AIT and the Boosters. The benefits show themselves with every session.

L. Penny (Meiko's Mom)

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Zucchini Pasta 
 It's a simple, low carb, grain and gluten free alternative to the traditional.

 2 zucchini 
(discard seeds and core)
Olive oil
 Salt and pepper
 Fresh herbs
(basil & cilantro are great options)


The choice is yours on how to make the "pasta". Julienne by hand, thinly slice with a mandolin, use a vegetable peeler for ribbons or a lemon zestier for spaghetti style.

Saute zucchini with a little olive oil. Add salt & pepper to taste. Toss and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Serve immediately with your favorite pasta sauce, Parmesan, fresh tomatoes and herbs.


Bring the outdoors inside with this cool activity!

You only need two ingredients; baking soda and shaving cream,
which you can refrigerate ahead of time.


To make your own Sensory Snow:

  1. In a plastic bin or container,

  2. pour in a box of baking soda.

  3. Slowly mix in shaving cream.

As you add the shaving cream you will discover mold-able snow. 

It feels just like fresh fallen powder in your hands. 

So, get creative with snowmen, snowballs and even miniature igloos with this mold-able, sensory-rich winter activity!

Give it a try!

Did You Hear?

AIT Director, Sarah Gewanter was featured on Moms Fighting Autism, speaking on "The  Sound Connection".

Listen in as Sarah shares heart warming success stories, intriguing personal experiences and information from her years as an AIT practitioner.

Download the webinar HERE

and the

Sound frequency patterns built into music have been shown to cause positive changes in brainwave function.
By precisely altering the sound signals in the right and left ears,
a "frequency modulated pulse"
appears which causes a sympathetic response in the brain.
This leads to coordination of right/left brainwave activity...
which is associated with deep relaxation, stress reduction,
creativity, insight and problem solving."

Dr. Jeffrey D. Thompson of the Center for NeuroAcoustic Research


In an open clinical study on the effectiveness of ait on people with autism Dr. Bernard Rimland and Dr. Stephen Edelson of the Autism Research institute of San Diego found a significant reduction in sound sensitivity and improvements in hearing acuity in participants.

“For years we have heard the experts say that autism is a lifelong disability, ... This simply is not true anymore.”

Dr. Bernard Rimland, 
Founder of the
Autism Research Institute

AIT Research

Participants who received auditory training for their stuttering, all  exhibited increased fluency in their speech, with 82% showing significant improvement after the first treatment.

Study conducted by Van Jaarsveld

Published in the South African Journal of Psychology

Our corporate headquarters are located in the beautiful mountains of Leicester, NC near Asheville, NC.

Approved by Berard Auditory Integration Training Systems, Inc. as an official AIT training site.
Winter 2013


This 10 day intensive listening program helps children and adults improve hearing sensitivities, speech and language issues and brain function. Autism, ADD, CAPD, Depression, and Dyslexia are just some of the conditions AIT can improve. It is a non-invasive, soothing method of  intervention with proven results. By normalizing the brain and sensory systems, AIT  acts as an excellent precursor to other therapies. We make AIT available everywhere by providing an “In-Home” program for those who live at a distance. 828-683-6900

Copyright ©2013 Berard Auditory Integration Systems, Inc, All rights reserved.


Berard Auditory Integration Systems, Inc.
A Division of the Counseling Center of CT and NC
690 Boyd Rd.
Leicester, NC 28748
Tel. 828-683-6900

Sarah Gewanter, MSW, LCSW, Director
Berard Auditory Integration Systems, Inc.
A Division of the Counseling Center of CT and NC
690 Boyd Rd.
Leicester, NC 28748



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