Ms. Carin S. Smit
AIT Institute for Berard Auditory Integration Training
Suite 575, Postnet Town Square
Private Bag X09 Weltevreden Park
Weltevreden Park Gauteng South Africa 1715,
The AIT Institute provides Berard Auditory Integration Training information and helpful resources to parents and professionals. Berard AIT in an educational intervention for special needs children.
BIO / Resume / CV:
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION AND ASSOCIATIONS * AIT-PRO Member, Auditory Integration Training Professional Resource Organization. * B.A.; H.D.E.; B.Ed.; M.Ed. * Neuro-Cognitive Reconstructive Therapist, 1993 * International Instructor on Professional Support Team National Institute for Learning Disabilities, 1997 * Berard AIT Practitioner, 1997 * Learning Disabilities Screening (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Visual-motor LD; ADD; ADHD; Autism) * Neuro-Cognitive Mobilization Program Trainer, 1999 * Berard Approved Instructor, 2001 * Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) Practitioner, Certified 2005 (Long Beach, CA) - using protocol since the inception of the DAN! consensus in 1995. SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN EXPERIENCE, CONTINUING EDUCATION AND TRAINING * Broad spectrum Learning Disability Assessment: skilled at broad spectrum LD assessments, which include interpreting genetic questionnaires; standardized testing; informal neurological screening tests and informal testing based on clinical observations. * Completed testing on more than 1,000 children and adults since 1993 in the USA, Southern Africa, Europe and Ireland. * Metabolic Counseling & Recovery Programs for Autistic and learning disabled children and adults: advised families on issues metabolic testing and interventions, specifically with regards to autism. * Brain research, metabolism and metabolic issues compromising development in children and adults causing learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, immune system difficulties, pervasive developmental delays and autism; special interest cognitive psychology and cognitive neuro-sciences. * Special interest in toxicology. * Berard Listening Tests: performed listening screening with an Audiometer using the Berard AIT method to ascertain whether a client needs referral to professionals for detection of deafness, otitis media and for Berard Auditory Integration Training. * Practice Berard Auditory Integration Training in South Africa and Ireland. * Consultant on Berard AIT worldwide. * Publications: Author of numerous professional presentations, articles and manuals on topics related to children and neuro-bio-immunological and well as neuro-cognitive issues. * October 2005 Accreditation as a DEFEAT AUTISM NOW! (DAN!) Practitioner. * November 2003 Neuro-Cognitive Mobilisation (NCM) and Training in Learning Aptitude (TLA) Namibia: Two-day theory and three day practical course presented by Rosalie Seymours Course focus was on working with children on the autistic spectrum or those with more severe neuro-integrational difficulties. * April 2003 DIR Greenspan Floortime Training - Galway. Two-day in-service conference training in the theory and approach of the DIR model of Dr. Sidney Greenspan focusing on sensory processing, modulation, motor-perceptual processing, auditory integration and language processing, taking a developmental history, observations of family patterns, Biomedical issues, current functional levels and child-caregiver interactions, emotional support paradigms towards wholeness. * February 2002 Giant Steps International Conference Telecast Co-Action, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland. * February 2002 Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education School of Bio-Chemistry, Department Bio-Chemistry: personal coaching by Prof. Mienie in interpretation of bio-chemical test results for individuals with autism, inborn errors of metabolism and other diseases. * 2001 appointed by Dr. Guy Berard as Instructor for his Berard AIT method as professional Practitioner trainer. * Professional trained 11 Berard AIT Practitioners since 2002 in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Botswana and Ireland. * August 2000 Mastery Course in Neuro-Cognitive Reconstructive (Educational) Therapy, National Institute for Learning Disabilities (USA), Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. * July 1999 National Institute for Learning Disabilities (USA) South Africa/USA. An NCR (Educational) Therapist consults with parents, does assessments on children with Learning Disabilities and other scholastic problems, and designs an intervention program which will maximally benefit that child. * Certification with the International Association for Berard Auditory Integration Training Practitioners - 2000. * July 2000 Full Instructor Status, National Institute for Learning Disabilities, USA/SA. * July 1998 Instructors Internship, National Institute for Learning Disabilities, Germany. * July 1997 National Institute for Learning Disabilities, South Africa. Commenced three year Internship as an Instructor for NILD. * National Institute for the Enhancement of Learning Potential, South Africa. Trained under Mrs. Rosalie Seymour, SLP/.A (Berard approved AIT Practitioner trainer in South Africa & International President of the International Association for Berard Practitioners) as a Berard Auditory Integration Training Practitioner in the Berard AIT method. * July 1995 International Institute for the Enhancement of Learning Potential, Israel training in Instrumental Enrichment and Instrumental Enrichment for the Blind, Mediated Learning Experience and Structural Cognitive Modification Training * July 1995 Advanced Course with National Institute for Learning Disabilities, Seattle, WA. * August 1993 Introductory Course in NCRT with National Institute for Learning Disabilities, Canada. * 1993 - 2002 Director of the National Institute for the Enhancement of Learning Potential (NIELP) under the auspices of the South African Institute for * 1992 Masters in Philosophy of Education, Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa. * 1980 to 1990 Owner/Manager and teacher of a Pre-Primary School (Kindergarten), trained staff and managed educational programs for preschool children. * 1981 B.A. Degree, Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN * Private practice consultation worldwide to special needs families. * Educational and metabolic consultant to parents of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities/special needs in the USA, Ireland, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Kenya. * Director SYNAPSE AFRICA/IRELAND BRAIN DYNAMICS CLINIC. * Collaborate in private practice with a medical specialist and blood microscopist who co-consults with me pertaining to metabolic management issues of children. * Consultations, home visits, full learning potential assessments, genetic, metabolic and behavioral questionnaires, educational screening tests; the design of Individual Educational Programs and Recovery Program prescriptions for children with special needs, learning disabilities and autism. * Present training courses for parents, professionals and teachers / facilitators of these children towards better life-style, behavioral, metabolic and educational management. * Actively refer parents to a variety of laboratories for bio-medical screening tests and analyzing these results, giving feedback and mentoring families with regards to dietary, nutritional, detoxification and chelation protocols as well as state of the art therapy interventions which may improve the quality of life for individuals afflicted, especially with autism, but also with ADD, ADHD and other difficulties on the autistic spectrum. * School visits as well as classroom visits and do presentations for teachers and support staff regarding classroom management of children with special needs. * Neuro-Cognitive (Educational) Reconstructive Therapist. * Trainer of Parents in Home Based Therapy Programs - trained more than 400 parents in Southern Africa over the past 10 years in these programs (intensive 1 week module run three times a year). * Trainer of Professional Therapist interns in NCRT - trained more than 80 professional therapist interns in annual internship introductory and advanced training courses with international certification. Have taught courses in South Africa, Germany and the USA. * Trainer of Trainers in NCRT - commenced training program in 1999 of first batch of international co-instructors in South Africa, through a one-to-one mentoring & management program.
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