K, 5 years old, used to run away and hide, or covers his ears whenever he heard loud noises or something he was not familiar with. He was highly sensitive to them. His mom relates though, that after going through Auditory Integration Training (AIT), “napansin namin that K doesn’t run away anymore. He’ll just look kung saan nanggaling yung loud noise and then deadma lang (doesn’t mind)."
She goes on to say that "…My family and I were planning not to spend New Year's Eve here because we all know how noisy it can get.” But since they noticed some changes, they decided to stay.
“Before, K would definitely run away from or natataranta once he hears fireworks. But surprisingly, he did not panic or run away this time. Instead, he would look at me and say… “BOOM BOOM!” referring to the fireworks. His fear of loud noises was gone, AND he now lets me clean his ears without fidgeting and without the need for bribery!
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Marie, mother of 3-year old Sam, says her daughter “is verbal, but we are often limited to “I want…..” and some 3-word sentences.” Thus she felt the need to enroll her child in the AIT program. Her story, in her own words:
“When we enrolled her to the AIT program, we were astounded by the dramatic changes we saw in her. When her teacher asked, “How are you?”, she answered, “I’m fine” without any prompting, which never happened before. Also, when her yaya told her your Mommy is calling you, she said “My Mommy is calling me”…. she finally got the concept of ME, YOU, and MY!