Uniqueness of MAIT

The Moore Auditory-Visual Integration Training Method (MAvIT) was Developed by Cheri Moore

 

Research shows remarkable and complex interactions within the hearing and visual system when a person talks, hears sounds, and moves. The uniqueness of the MAvIT method is in its use of a comprehensive questionnaire combined with medical tests that present a full understanding of one’s ability to process what is seen and heard. Medical test results guide intervention protocols strengthening the hearing system and the visual processing system to optimize auditory-visual integration and responses to cognitive training programs.

Both types of Auditory Integration Training programs, Berard-based and ILS Integrated Listening, may be completed in the comfort of your home with the support of Cheri Moore or an ILS practitioner near you.

Auditory Integration Training last 11 to 15 days enabling clients to complete their first in-home AIT program before vision therapy and during a two-week break from vision therapy. Individuals purchase ILS Integrated listening equipment and music. Cheri Moore is very careful to ensure the visual system is strong enough to benefit from auditory stimulation, because music indirectly stimulates the visual system.  

Auditory Integration Training benefits individuals with:

a) Sound intolerance; may have no diagnosis 

b) A past injury, concussion, or trauma

c) Hearing loss and sound intolerance making it too difficult to adjust to wearing hearing aids;

d) Attention deficit hyerpactive disorder (ADHD) or ADD

e) Dyslexia

f) Autism

g) Specific learning disability (LD)

h) Central Auditory Processing Deficits

 i) Poor ear, nose, and/or throat health

 

Cheri’s special education teaching license enables her to provide additional services:

1) IEP and 504 accommodation letters

2) End of the year Letter of Progress

3) End of year achievement testing with accommodations (Iowa & Stanford)

 

Coming soon! Cheri’s blog sharing:

a) Affordable gluten-free, yeast-free, & milk-free recipes using milled grains creating high fiber, delicious combinations of flour: muffins and loaf breads; pancakes & waffles

b) Ways to improve brain health through foods and activities

c) Teaching children to enjoy learning through hands-on learning activities and play

d) Ways to decrease sounds in the home and classroom improving attention and listening with comprehension 

Moore Auditory Integration Training Consists of Comprehensive Hearing Tests; Ear, Nose, and Throat Wellness exam, and Auditory-Visual Protocols

Moore Auditory-Visual Integration Training uses hearing test results and the information below to develop each individualized Auditory Integration Training program:

  • Research-based OSHA safe listening levels
  • Test of Auditory-Visual Skills to screen for central auditory processing skills
  • Visual Activities to informally assess visual processing skills
  • Moore Auditory-Visual Questionnaire Report
  • Pre-care questionnaire to review ENT history and health
  • Activities to prepare clients for hearing tests that assess your ability to hear and your ability to tolerate sounds
  • Academic history, existing concerns

Comprehensive hearing test results and Ear, Nose, and Throat wellness exam determines if a person is able to benefit from AIT and maintain progress.

  • Each client’s middle ear health is evaluated by tests that assess eardrum movement and middle ear bone movements
  • Each frequency is tested until the client stops responding to determine the presence of a sensitivity peak, which is filtered during AIT using Dr. Berard’s protocols
  • Inner and outer cochlear hairs are tested when there are hearing loss concerns, especially when they coexist with sound intolerance.

Auditory-Visual Training Protocols are used when there are both auditory and visual processing concerns. 

  • A comprehensive visual evaluation by a developmental or neuro-rehabilitation optometrist should be completed when concerns are listed on client’s Moore Auditory-Visual Questionnaire Report and/or found during visual-motor activities.

Research Significantly Supports Improved Visual Processing Skills After Vision Therapy

Randomized, Blind Study (221 children 9-17 yrs.) Convergence Insufficiency 12 week Intervention Program Convergence Insufficiency Score (lower number means improvements) % of participant’s meeting goals for near vision convergence skills
Office-based therapy with home exercises 15.1 73%
Office-based non-therapeutic
activities with in-home activities
(placebo group)
21.9 35%
Home-based computer therapy with therapeutic exercises 21.2 33%
Home-based therapeutic exercises 24.7 43%

A greater percentage of children (73%) who received an in-office vision therapy program with in-home eye-exercises made significantly more progress resulting in significantly lower convergence difficulties (15.1) when compared to a much lower percentage of participants (35%, 33%, 43%) making some progress who received vision therapy only at home or in-office, non-therapeutic visual activities with in-home visual activities.

Evidence-based Results for Vision Therapy from 9 research sites. (2008). Randomized clinical trial of treatments for symptomatic convergence insufficiency in children. Arch Ophthalmol; 126 (10):1336-1349. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2779032/

According to the American Optometric Association, relying on vision screenings that only test for how well one sees, 20/20 vision, fails to provide accurate information concerning visual difficulties 63% to 73% of the time.  
“The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that all children have a comprehensive eye exam (eye alignment, eyesight, eye health) by an eye doctor (optometrist) as opposed to a vision screening, before beginning first grade.“

“Undiagnosed and untreated vision disorders increase the potential for misdiagnosis of special needs and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), placing unnecessary stress on families and classrooms.” (https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/resources-for-teachers)

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."

Are you ready to complete the Moore Auditory-Visual Questionnaire?

Discover what questions to ask and what to observe during visual activities.
Complete questionnaire to receive your Auditory-Visual Report.