Auditory and Visual Dyslexia

Client’s comprehensive hearing and visual test results supports what I have found through a review of research. Dyslexia affects the auditory and visual processing systems in the brain. Clients experienced either sound intolerance to loud sounds (video) or sound sensitivity to speech (video) creating behavioral characteristics of auditory fatigue with visual processing difficulties.

Brain plasticity research shows individuals benefit from intervention; the brain can change as long as there is brain health. (More videos being developed in 2019, on brain plasticity and dyslexia.)

Foods Influencing Ear Health and Behavior

Something now is better than nothing.  Behavior that comes and go may be triggered by foods, which come and go.  Strength of allergic reactions can build up within the system with each exposure.  Information at http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ear-infection/ear-infections-what-increases-your-risk explains risk factors of increased middle ear fluid (not always infected) and foods.  Middle ear fluid has the potential to decrease auditory stimulation to the brain and impact speech.

  • IGG blood testing looks at antibiotics in blood against foods
  • IGE blood testing detects a true DNA allergy

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Individualizing hearing evaluationsfor ages 3 and older with behavioral characteristics of sound intolerance, auditory processing difficulties, and hearing loss.

Advocatingfor a comprehensive hearing and visual evaluation.

Providingindividualized Auditory-Visual Training Protocols and In-home, Berard-based Auditory Integration Training.

Auditory-Visual Intervention Protocols are based on medical findings to assess ability to benefit from intervention and maintain progress improving quality of life emotionally, socially, vocationally, and academically.

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First step: complete the Interactive Screening Questionnaire containing visual activities to

  1. Identify areas of concerns
  2. Learn about evidence-based behavioral characteristics associated with:
    1. Hearing sensitivities,

Ongoing Research

Dr. Guy Berard shared in his book, Hearing Equals Behavior, “The truth manages to emerge only when something new and unexpected can by fully exposed to study, discussion, and argument, and accepted or refuted on that basis.” Although In-Home Berard-based A.I.T. formal clinical trials have not been completed, there are case studies and testimonials from clients and Berard Practitioners from around the world. Dr. Berard wrote, “…the search, conducted with a willingness to see what is there, is a never-ending adventure, with the richest of rewards.” (pg.94) These rewards have been experienced by numerous families who have benefited from Berard A.I.T. In-home programs.  With advances in technology, in-home programs have been successfully implemented throughout the world, since 2004. This has been particularly important for clients who would not have been able to recieve A.I.T. in an office setting due to time, distance, and cost.

Sensory Integration Resources

The Out-of-Sync Child, Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.

 The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.  I strongly recommend this book if you checked three or more items on any of the characteristic lists and your child is 11 years old or younger.

Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation    “The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation … expanding knowledge, fostering awareness and promoting recognition of Sensory Processing Disorder”  “As the leader in Sensory Processing Disorder research, education and advocacy, the SPD Foundation offers an abundance of services and programs for professionals, parents, and anyone interested in knowing more about the sensory challenges that affect children academically, socially, and/or in their emotional development..”  http://www.spdfoundation.net/

Testimony Victoria (AIT with BIT)

The Effectiveness of the Berard Auditory Integration Training Combined with Brain Integration Training

During the spring of 2007, I attended Dianne Craft’s conference where I learned how dyslexia affected the auditory processing center as well as the visual/motor learning system.  This began my search for answers, which has led me to other very successful intervention programs like the Berard Auditory Integration Training program.

Testimony Rob (technical)

Rob finished his Berard in-home training in January 2011.  He has a complicated history due to a genetic condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, which is a collagen deficiency, which contributes to a neurological blood flow disorder called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.  Auditory difficulties are associated with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome because it affects the collagen in the part of the brain responsible for filtering out noise one should be able to ignore.  Collagen deficiencies in the cardio-vascular system also affect strength of hearing system & vision.

Testimonial, Leanne (Central Auditory Processing Deficits or Autism Spectrum Disorder?)

My daughter, Leanne, was diagnosed with autism and central auditory processing disorder (CAPD).  We schooled her at home, and even with my background in teaching, it was very difficult.  I would have to fight with her to make her begin her school work.  While teaching her, she would get very irritated and became fatigued very quickly.  Every little noise distracted her.  Every day, our bird would have to be removed from the room, because she could not tolerate its high pitch sounds.  She would cover her ears when exposed to loud noises, like a baby crying in the store or a dog barking.  She avoided social interactions and preferred to stay home by herself.