Meet Cheri

Meet Cheri as she shares her story. My search for answers began while teaching early intervention in the 1990’s; all my preschool students struggled with both expressive speech and fine motor difficulties. I wondered, “What is the connection between speech and fine motor?” As an undergraduate student at Memphis State University, I learned from one of my professors known for development of preschool assessment tools.  I saw firsthand the negative effects of medical difficulties on development in babies and preschoolers.  In awe, I saw these little ones catch up and sometimes even surpass expectations after direct intervention.  Equally important were my interactions with families as I witnessed an increase in positive interactions with their child.  In hindsight, I believe this is when I became an advocate for parents and struggling learners of any age.

      Later, my experiences as a teacher and a mother led to a journey of self-discovery.  My training as a special education teacher failed to fully prepare me to help my own children overcome their learning challenges.  Testing provided a diagnosis, which then helped me realize they both needed help improving their auditory processing skills.  Later, I realized they also struggled with different types of visual processing difficulties.  Now I understood why they struggled despite their intelligence. 

     My resolve to find answers led to changes that awe me to this day.  As I helped countless other families, my questions prompted me to complete my master’s program with a focus in family intervention.  After much research, I was able to finally answered the question, “What is the connection between speech and fine motor?”  The answer is auditory-visual integration. 

Learning about your client or loved one’s visual processing difficulties through the Moore Auditory-Visual Observation Activity booklet, even if they have a visual processing diagnosis, provides you with opportunities to:

  • Reconnect
    • Acknowledge their tenacity, hard work
    • Share what a bummer it is you were unaware, “I am sorry.”
    • Talk about ways you can help
      • Request large print books
      • Use large square graph paper for each math problem
      • Minimize handwriting
        • Advocate for board notes to be printed

When clients work with me, we advocate for academic and workplace accommodations.  After I earned my certification as a Berard Auditory Integration Trainer in 2011,  I began screening both the auditory and visual processing systems. At the end of three years, I was surprised when almost all visual processing test results from optometrists showed concerns and almost all hearing tests supported client’s complaints of hearing difficulties and/or sound intolerance.  Whenever possible, I stayed in contact with clients after completion of auditory integration training to learn more about their progress and areas of continuing difficulty.  I learned to: 

  • Screen visual processing skills for concerns
  • Collaborate with parents and professionals 
  • Ask the correct questions 
  • Develop a maintenance program
  • Who benefitted from hearing aids
  • Request additional hearing tests due to characteristics of hearing loss
  • Help clients with sound intolerance transition into hearing aids
  • Integrate auditory training with vision therapy
  • How to improve client’s responses to auditory integration training

 Receive accommodation and advocacy help from Cheri by scheduling a phone conference to ask questions and share activity findings:

    It's a TEAM effort!

    • Cheri Moore, B.S. Spec. Educ., MSW, Certified Berard AIT & iLs Practitioner
    • Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists checking the health of the ear
    • Audiologists agreeing to test additional areas of concern
    • Audiologist specializing in CAPD
    • Developmental Optometrists and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Optometrists completing comprehensive visual evaluations

    FDA Statement On AIT

    "Auditory Integration Training remediates impairments in auditory discrimination (sound sensitivity and auditory distortion) associated with Autism, Learning Disabilities, and related disorders - ADD, ADHD, CAPD (Central Auditory Processing Deficits), SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), Dyslexia."

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