The purpose of the NOIT™ unit is to support an individual with autism who lacks the receptive language skills needed to follow verbal instructions to learn how to be in a state of orientation with the senses working in harmony.
NOIT Research began as a private, leading edge Autism organization. Our purpose continues to be the development of strategies that will support even the most severely Autistic individuals to learn to participate fully in life.
A small percentage of the Autistic population, possibly 10 to 15%, are so severely handicapped with Autism that the development of language skills does not occur. The failure to develop language is a good indication of just how severely they are affected. Along with the failure to develop language, many of these individuals are also severely limited in the areas of self-care, social and emotional function, and focus and attention. Almost all exhibit ritualistic or repetitive behaviors (often called stims) or engage in self-injury.
This limited population of autistic individuals was the original focus of NOIT Research and continues to be our most important population.
Ronald D. Davis was labeled a “Kanner’s Baby” as an infant. His desire to help others like himself led him to spend the past 30 years exploring unique and medication free strategies to assist those affected by Autism. After successfully creating the Davis Autism Approach® Program, it was recognized that a portion of the students it was created for were unable to use the tools and strategies that are the foundation of that program. Therefore, a unit called the NOIT was created to fill that void. The word NOIT is an acronym for Natural Orientation Inducing Tool. Its purpose is to support the Autistic individual in learning the tools necessary to proceed.
The first individuals to try the NOIT included 11 non-verbal Autistic individuals. All of the users’ caregivers reported gains in focus and attention, improved social appropriateness, improved language (better pronunciation and appropriate use of existing language as well as emergence of new language), and lessening of stim behavior and self injury. One very successful individual was able to learn to speak recognizable individual words within three days, names of family members within a week, and three word phrases within three weeks.
The NOIT is now available through licensed Davis Autism Approach® Facilitators. The NOIT allows the student to complete the first stage of a three stage Davis Autism Approach® Program. Often, the family chooses to continue working with the facilitator to complete the remainder of the program. The full program allows the individual to learn the skills necessary to participate fully in life. Please contact NOIT Research or a Davis Autism Approach Facilitator directly for information on how your loved one can benefit from the NOIT.
Q. There is no mention of a cure for autism. Shouldn’t the purpose be to cure autism?
A. Autism isn’t a disease and it cannot be cured. However, individuals with autism can be assisted to harmonize the sensory input they perceive which will help them to learn techniques to strengthen areas of weakness.
Q. If the NOIT doesn’t cure autism what does it do?
A. Its function is to support an individual while they learn to establish a stable orientation. It cannot cause this directly, but by putting an auditory stimulus in the exact same place at frequent intervals (every eight seconds) for long periods of time, the person learns to keep their attention in one place. By keeping their attention in one place, they are able to accurately perceive the world around them from this place. When they can do this, we say that the person is “oriented”. Once the person can create and maintain an oriented condition, very quickly all of their perceptions will be functioning in harmony. This in turn removes the chaos from the environment and allows the person to function from a single perspective.
Q. About the unit itself, what does NOIT mean?
A. NOIT is an acronym for Natural Orientation Inducing Tool.
- Natural Orientation, as used here, means establishing the proper viewpoint for accurate perception. Our concept of orientation is the person existing in a state of awareness of self in relation to the true facts and conditions of the environment.
- Inducing tool – means a tool to help the individual to learn to bring about a change in how they perceive their environment.
Q. So, what is a NOIT and how does it work?
A. The unit itself is composed of three main parts:
- First, an electronic circuit board with a rechargeable battery.
- Second, are two converse piezo elements.
- And third, a sticky Gel-Pad.
It works by way of the circuit board generating an electronic impulse and sending it to the piezo elements. The impulse stimulates the piezo elements to vibrate at a specific frequency of 4.0/4.6 kilohertz. The vibrating piezo elements make an audible sound that is heard behind the head, slightly above the line of sight. This place in space is called an “orientation point”. The sticky Gel Pad simply allows us to attach the unit to the person for ease of use.
Q. What is the significance of orientation?
A. For whatever reason, individuals with non-verbal autism didn’t create their own natural orientation. Because it didn’t fully occur, the individual is left unable to control their perception of the environment.The result is that the individual lives in a constant state of sensory overload or devises strategies to manage this overload themselves. This gives rise to many of the common characteristics we see in non-verbal autistic individuals. By learning to achieve an oriented state, they are able to perceive their environment much like the rest of us. This naturally leads to a lessening of behaviors characteristic of autism and allows the individual to spend more time learning how to interact appropriately.
Q. How big is the unit?
A. The gel pad is 2”x 4”. The NOIT itself is 1.5” square and about 1/2” thick.
Q. Where is the device worn?
A. On the back just below the collar line.
Q. What can be expected from using the NOIT.
A. Families of children who have used the NOIT unit have reported the following changes: less repetitive or ritualistic behaviors, less self-injury, improved focus and attention, improved social interaction, and improved language skills.
Q. Who can use a NOIT.
A. Currently, only individuals that are recommended by a Davis Facilitator. A trained facilitator must monitor the use of the unit. Most families choose to follow up with their facilitator and complete the full Davis Autism Approach Program.
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