Garrett's two weeks of AIT with Seth Torbert began on July 26, 2010. Here are some of the immediate benefits I have noticed as a result:
The first immediate benefit was that Garrett appeared more focused on conversations around him. He didn't seem to be in his own little world as much. He was attending to the conversations of others around him.
Then, Garrett's sequencing of an event improved. The following conversation took place on August 3 as we were discussing how much our family dog, a toy poodle, was going to miss Seth, because Seth was spending a lot of time petting Shadow during therapy:
"Shadow just wants Seth to be here," Garrett said.
"Cause Seth pets him."
"Shadow will miss Seth when he's not coming here anymore. We'll have to have Seth come over just to visit."
"Shadow likes it when people pet him. But he doesn't like everyone."
"Yeah, buddy, he pretty much does. He can't always tell when people are good people or bad people."
"Wow. What do you mean?"
Well, she's nice on the outside. Like Lotso [from "Toy Story 3"]. He smells like strawberries and is all nice and huggy on the outside. But he's a monster on the inside. She's like that."
Unfortunately, Garrett refuses to independently report this person's abuse of him to teachers and therapists, because, he says, he is too embarrassed. However, he can articulate his embarrassment to me, whereas before, he would not have been able to explain why he couldn't tell.
On August 4, in the car, I told my husband that he shouldn't give our dog his wet dog food because I'd already given the dog some eggs, and Garrett chimed in, "Yeah, and we already fed him his regular dog food, too." This is huge. Garrett followed the adult conversation from the backseat and added his part (that he helped feed the dog, one of his chores), on his own. Before AIT, Garrett would have been in his own little world in the backseat, not listening to us (or listening, but not attending). He might have even been making rude noises instead of joining in the conversation.
As of August 6, Garrett can now follow three- and four-part simple instructions, whereas before he could only regularly follow two-part instructions. In addition, he can be sent on a helpful errand; i.e., "Go find Nana's cellphone" and successfully complete the errand without becoming sidetracked.
I recently asked him to put the dog in my bedroom before company came to visit, and he responded, "Command received." When the doorbell rang a minute later, he picked the dog up and put him on my bed, then shut the door so the dog couldn't get out! Before AIT, Garrett would have ignored me, and the dog would have run out the door and down the street or bothered the visitors (with love, of course!).
I have also noticed a huge increase in an interest in all forms of music the past two weeks. Garrett has been playing with the piano, electronic keyboard, harmonica, recorder, and all his little play percussion instruments a lot more than usual and has been singing more, as well. He has been turning on the radio in his room more, as well. I will be looking into getting piano lessons for him soon.
I expect Garrett's articulation and comprehension to improve over the weeks and months to come and highly recommend AIT to anyone struggling with auditory processing disorder.