Year after year, I saw my son 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 whole paragraphs. After each annual achievement test, I saw his reading comprehension scores fall further and further behind.
At first, I required him 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 his 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 when Cheri 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. I was amazed as she showed me the list of auditory processing behavioral characteristics and recognized that he had many of them.
At Cheri’s recommendation, my son completed a hearing test. I was astonished to learn that my son had mild hearing loss on low and high frequencies with excellent hearing on other frequencies. Hearing loss! That explained his learning difficulties. We were told his hearing loss was not severe enough to qualify him for a hearing assistance device.
After just ten programs over a five-day period, my son’s hearing tested in the normal range on all frequencies except two, and his dyslexic pattern was gone. Cheri cautioned me that his unique type of hearing loss meant he may regress, continue to need auditory integration training once a year, and recommended a yearly hearing test.
The Benefit of Two Auditory Integration Training Programs:
- Reading comprehension on grade level
- Excelled academically in formal logic and Latin
- Improved ability to express himself
- Joined his high school speech and debate club– 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.
Follow up many years later: As promised, Cheri continues to follow-up with his progress. He was having some difficulties in college and had recently asked me to contact Cheri. I was thankful when Cheri asked to meet with him at no cost. Cheri quickly built a rapport with my now adult son and completed testing that confirmed strong auditory processing skills. She shared there was another type of hearing test that may reveal additional hearing loss explaining his difficulties listening when there was background noise and/or speech. Testing of his outer cochlear hairs showed additional hearing loss that when combined with his other type of hearing loss qualified him for a hearing aid. We are saving money to purchase a hearing aid and looking forward to school becoming a bit easier. Meanwhile, he is completing vision therapy with a neuro-developmental optometrist. Testing showed that his visual processing difficulties were negatively affecting his ability to keep his vision clear while reading making comprehension more difficult. It was also difficult for him to look near to far and far to near. We are so excited for him because school became easier after just two months of vision therapy.
A Surprised Mother, Norfolk, VA (2011-2018)