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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

The Cochrane Collaboration
Auditory Integration Training and Other Sound Therapies for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Sinha, Y., Silove, N., et al. (2004).
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (3).

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question Yes
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a review of randomized controlled trials investigating auditory integration training and other sound therapies for adults or children with autism spectrum disorder.

Question(s) Addressed:

What is the effectiveness of auditory sound integration therapy or other sound therapies?

Population: Adults or children with autism spectrum disorders

Intervention/Assessment: Auditory integration training and other sound therapies that involve listening to music modified by filtering and modulation.

Number of Studies Included: 6

Years Included: Through 2002



  • Treatment
    • Cognition & Hearing
      • AIT/Sensory Integration - “In the absence of evidence, this treatment is considered experimental and care must be taken not to risk hearing loss. Parents need to be aware of the cost involved in pursuing these treatments" (p. 8). Further research is warranted. 

Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Auditory Integration Training

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Added to Compendium: December 2011

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