A drop in the bucket? – maybe that’s all we’re achieving, but these shots remind me that the bucket fills up because of tiny drops and lives are made whole and are restored….

Dear Friends, these photos aren’t promotional pics – they represent real children, with real needs, which Berard AIT has helped over the past decade and more that I’ve been involved in this field. A year ago the little boy, H., above only had autistic jargon in English…. now he speaks his mother-tongue fluently and has even won an Eisteddfod in his local town for best interpretation of a poem …

 

I spoke to the mom of one of the boys above [D. is his name], this morning. She volunteered that he has had the best year in his entire academic career this year and she knows that AIT, which he’s had for the 3rd time a few months ago, has played a huge role….

I have to remind myself that it’s because of these moms and their sons and daughters that AIT has stolen my heart….. In the picture on the left are two little boys, both with developmental delays. Both have had AIT 3 times, both have made immense gains!

When Dr. Berard wrote “Hearing Equals Behavior ” the Pragmatist in him said: “Let’s just DO IT!” and he did! He chopped and changed his method to suit the needs of those whom he came to serve…. and now we’ve been cast into solid concrete – rigid, no relenting, no negotiation – the filters are the filters, the rules are the rules and somewhere in all of this, I mourn, because we’ve lost the heart of AIT, the spirit and the vision that brings change, because AIT is a change agent in the lives of the countless thousands who have been treated and can testify to what it set in motion in their lives….

So, perhaps our contribution is only a drop in the bucket. I’d like to think that what you and I have contributed in terms of life and healing in the lives of scores of children counts for something – we’ve done a great work, just because we’ve flung ourselves on the principles of a rather reckless pragmatist, whose method turned broken lives into something amazingly valuable and vibrantly alive!

When Dr. Berard wrote “Hearing Equals Behavior ” the Pragmatist in him said: “Let’s just DO IT!” and he did! He chopped and changed his method to suit the needs of those whom he came to serve…. and now we’ve been cast into solid concrete – rigid, no relenting, no negotiation – the filters are the filters, the rules are the rules and somewhere in all of this, I mourn, because we’ve lost the heart of AIT, the spirit and the vision that brings change, because AIT is a change agent in the lives of the countless thousands who have been treated and can testify to what it set in motion in their lives….

So, perhaps our contribution is only a drop in the bucket. I’d like to think that what you and I have contributed in terms of life and healing in the lives of scores of children counts for something – we’ve done a great work, just because we’ve flung ourselves on the principles of a rather reckless pragmatist, whose method turned broken lives into something amazingly valuable and vibrantly alive!

You see it in their eyes – the pain, the lost-ness, the longing to belong and to deep yearning to communicate and be heard. Above is one of the most courageous little guys, a real “cool dude” as he likes to be called, who has fought his battle with Cerebral Palsy and won; who scaled the walls of autism and triumphed; who struck a breech into the cold, dark walls of speech delay and emerged with vibrancy – a voice to remember, a boy to salute.

Without you, Dr. Berard, all these amazing victories would never have been possible! I salute you, the children and parents of the world salute you -your work and the years of wisdom that gave us the flexible, dynamic tool to work wonders in broken brains!

Thanks for what you did to release AIT into the hands of faithful practitioners. We don’t hold it against you that in the closing chapters of your life, you trembled and faltered – uncertain whether this great work would survive, and bequeathed you life’ work into the hands of ones less honorable than yourself. Sadly greed now threatens to steal the light and leave many to curse the dark as many endeavour to make AIT unattainably expensive and wish to entrench it in the practices of only a few select people. I implore those who have chosen personal profit above the joy of setting lives on fire with skill, to PLEASE re-think and look long and hard at these faces and what they represent, before you close down our practices and with it the gift that it is as we impart our knowledge and Berard-styled magic to the LD world.

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