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.
Through independent reading and extensive studying, I learned about the different types of auditory, visual, and motor stresses found in different learning disabilities such as dyslexia, attention deficient disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and autism. I took Dianne Craft’s class through Colorado University. Most importantly, I realized that my daughter’s struggles in reading were primarily caused by stresses in her auditory system. This could more easily be discerned once her visual stresses were removed through Brain Integration Training.
Continuing my research, to make sure my children did not regress once completing their Brain Integration Therapy, has taken me on a journey I did not anticipate. I turned to Eden Counseling Center to validate BIT’s effectiveness and to discern what stresses were left in Victoria’s auditory processing skills. Having been warned of regression, I concluded this was plausible if stresses caused dysfunctional processing of incoming stimulus, thus affecting neuron pathway patterns in the brain. Victoria was tested the summer of 2010, one year after Brain Integration Training, by a licensed psychologist who is known for her work with children who have dyslexia. Concerns:
- Correctly responding in group discussions
- Often misheard
- Short-term memory difficulties
- Thought out loud, which was sometimes misinterpreted as bossy/mothering
- Said words incorrectly
Testing performed at Eden Counseling confirmed Juliana’s auditory difficulties (IQ 92) and validated her now strong visual processing skills (IQ 132). I was surprised to learn how much her auditory stresses were still affecting her cognitively and realized they were also affecting her socially. Victoria was behind in reading by two grade levels and consistently reversed letter order while spelling (an auditory stress).
Brain Integration coupled with a visual learning program helped Juliana in numerous ways academically. Later I realized we had taught her to be aware of her dysfunction in her hearing. She taught herself to write letters in a different order than what she heard.
- Two months later– did not rub eyes while reading
- Four months later–read a list of twenty large, colored words without getting tired and guessing
- Five months later—no visual fatigue, loved to read
- Seven months later—quit modifying curriculum
- Spelling reversals were gone, but not on grade level
- End of first year—working within grade level
- End of second year—surpassed grade level in reading
- Independent with all school work
- Less anger exhibited towards self, more confidence
Within months Juliana completed the In-Home Berard’s Auditory Integration Training program. Her first testing results were described by the ENT doctor as definite auditory processing difficulties (caos). She had:
- Unorganized hearing in both ears (clear auditory dyslexic pattern 6 months later)
- Sensitive hearing to speech—on zero or above
- Distorted hearing of speech—both ears not working together
- Very sensitive to environmental sounds; uncomfortable range was 66-76 decibels on all frequencies. This number should have been 90 decibels in loudness.
- Weber (mainly hears with one ear or the other)
Center, Center, right, right, right, left, center, left
Dr. Berard teaches that this causes sounds/words to be processed out of order; thus difficulties in comprehension, remembering, and behavior.
Sarah Gewanter, certified Berard practitioner, has been a tremendous source of knowledge. Her office offers an in-home program, which our insurance did cover. She is now my director. When Victoria reached the three month post-training mark, I began to see the following differences:
- Spent a few weeks asking about the correct pronunciation of a word
- Short-term memory improved—no longer argued about what someone had just said ten minutes before
- More appropriate verbal interaction in groups—supper table
- Reduced thinking out loud—appeared less bossy as she developed her inner voice
- Asked questions, admitted confusion
- Seemed to study less, more confident in not losing knowledge
- Needed radio to go to sleep, but stayed asleep when it was turned off
Victoria still has hearing sensitivities and some confusion. Food allergy testing (IGG) recently revealed allergies to milk, casian, peanuts, gluten, and acidic-based foods. These foods are known to affect the brain. Hmmm.
Update 2 years later–Has a 4.0 & was just accepted to a Junior College for a dual credit program through her local high school.
Cheri Moore, B.S. Special Education, Moore Auditory Integration Training, LLC, Certified Berard Practitioner, 757-615-9985, License Spec. Educ. Teacher