Conference 2015

Berard Auditory Integration Training & Developmental Optometry Conference:
Integrating the Auditory and Visual Systems

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Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Location: The Westin Tysons Corner, 7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia, 22043

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Hotel Room Rates: $99 USD plus tax per night for King or Double

To obtain the conference group rate, identify yourself as being with the Berard AIT Conference. Group rate available until March 19, 2015.  Subject to Availability.
Individual guests are responsible for their own room, tax and incidental charges.

Hotel website link for room reservations: Reservations Link

Check In/Check Out: Check in time is after 3:00 PM. Check out is 12:00 PM. A credit card or debit card is required for check in.

Hotel Phone: Phone: (703) 893-1340
Travel Information: The Westin Tysons Corner is located in the heart of Tysons Corner with access to all major roadways including I-495, Route 66 and Route 7 to get you to D.C., Dulles International and Reagan airports in a breeze. Minutes away from West Falls Church, Dunn Loring and Vienna Metro stations, which connect you to the dynamic city of Washington D.C.

To/From Airports: From Reagan International Airport take the Metro Silverline to Tysons Corner. A hotel shuttle is available on the south side every hour and ½ hour from 9:30 AM through 10:30 PM.

From Dulles Airport use the Super Shuttle. Call 800-258-3826 to make a reservation.
take a cab to the hotel, approximately $35.

Parking: Friday – Saturday complimentary self-parking,
Sunday – Thursday self-parking $10/night

Snacks and Meals: Break times will include coffee/tea, water and a light snack. The professional
session will include lunch served at the high school. Those professionals who return for the evening session will have dinner on their own, but may enjoy joining with others for the dinner break.

Conference Speakers


Mrs. Brockett holds a master’s degree in preschool special education, a special education certification, and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Sally has over 30 years of teaching and private consultation experience with all categories of disabilities, and has spent the past 22 years as a Berard AIT instructor/practitioner. Sally is Dr. Berard’s designated representative for the Berard method of AIT. Co-author of the 2011 edition of Hearing Equals Behavior: Updated and Expanded, with Dr. Berard, she also published research in 2014 on Berard AIT in the peer-reviewed journal, Autism Insights. She has written numerous book chapters and articles in autism-related digests, often with a focus on the impact of sensory needs on behavior, and seeking healthy options to address physiological, behavioral and learning challenges. Sally includes auditory and vision screenings as part of her evaluation of the whole child. She is the founder and director of the IDEA Training and Consultation Center in North Haven, Connecticut.


Kristin Keller Daus holds a Bachelors of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Kristin has had extensive experience working as a speech language pathologist in the Fairfax County Public Schools as well as the Oakwood School and Lab School of Washington, local private schools for children with learning differences.  In 2008, Kristin served as head of the Literacy Clinic at George Washington University in Washington, DC. In 2006, Kristin was trained and certified as a practitioner in the Berard Auditory Integration Training (AIT). She also serves on the Board of Directors for BAITIS (Berard Auditory Integration Training International Society). Kristin is the Founder of Chain Bridge Speech & Language, LLC where she provides speech, language and reading therapy to children, adolescents and adult


Dr. Garson completed her doctoral program at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and has been in private practice in Northern Virginia for 32 years. She is a lecturer for many parent-teacher associations, reading specialists, OTs, and other professionals, and has been a consultant to the Seton Centers and a frequent guest speaker at the University of Maryland Department of Education,. Dr. Garson has been an active participant in the behavioral optometric study group, the Behavioral Vision Project, which draws members from the east coast as well as the Midwest. In addition, Dr. Garson is a member of the Optometric Extension Program Foundation, the College of Optometrists for Vision Development, and the Institute of Behavioral Optometry. A large part of her behavioral philosophy is that there is not a person who could not benefit from a more inclusive and holistic evaluation of how they use their vision. It is this philosophy and her own personal visual experience that drives her to want to give the best possible care to each of her patients, both young and old.


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