Year after year, I saw John gradually fall behind in reading comprehension. He never liked to read even though he passed his phonetics reading program and successfully decoded words, read sentences, and then read whole paragraphs. However, after each annual achievement test, I saw his scores decrease in the area of reading comprehension, until he was officially behind.
At first, I required John to follow a health program to rid his body of yeast and confirmed that he was yeast-free by a medical practitioner who performed a blood analysis. Although I felt this was an important part of improving John’s ability to focus, he continued to struggle. Thankfully, I was referred to Cheri Moore by a friend who told me how Cheri used brain integration techniques to help smart kids who were doing poorly in school.
With Cheri’s help, my son did improve. However, I was surprised after a year of Dianne Craft’s Brain Integration Therapy (BIT) when she noticed he became fatigued while listening to her instructions; he was taking a standardized achievement test. This was a surprise to me; I thought he was an auditory learner. (He is an auditory learner; he was also weak in visual/motor skills). I was amazed as she showed me the list of auditory characteristics that indicated weaknesses within one’s ability to correctly process what one hears.
At Cheri’s recommendation, John took a hearing test and we discovered that John had auditory dyslexia, lacked responses on one test, and hearing loss. These explained his learning difficulties. His hearing loss was not severe enough to qualify him for a hearing assistance device. After receiving the Berard Auditory Integration Training (AIT) program, John’s hearing improved and a pattern showing significant stress in his hearing was corrected. The first program John received decreased his hearing loss and eliminated the stress frequency seen on the hearing test. Eight months later, John was able to receive the auditory dyslexic program. After just ten programs over a five-day period, John’s hearing tested in the normal range on all frequencies except two, and his dyslexic pattern was gone. John continued the second part of the program. I regret delaying John’s second AIT program until eight months after his first program, instead of the recommended six months.
For John, the recommended three months post testing was not done, because so many positive changes lead us to believe it was unnecessary. After receiving both BIT and his first AIT program, I saw John improve in several areas. For example, John was originally petrified of public speaking. This past year, he competed in several speech and debate tournaments against high school students from Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia. He won several awards, including being a semifinalist at the year-end regional invitational tournament. And the most amazing thing is that he enjoyed it. Nathan excelled academically at the high school level in formal logic and Latin; these classes required extensive memorization.
Update 2 years later: John’s achievement testing during the past 2 years have consistently been on grade level. He is doing well socially, academically, and looking forward to attending college two years from now.