Moore Auditory-Visual Integration Training
The Moore Auditory-Visual Integration Training Method (MAIT) 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 MAIT 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 Auditory Integration Training (AIT) and ILS Integrated Listening programs may be completed in the home with the support of Cheri Moore or a practitioner near you. Cheri Moore’s protocols and visual-motor activities are based on clients’ comprehensive hearing evaluation and visual processing evaluation. Auditory Integration Training (AIT) lasts 11 days enabling clients to complete their In-home AIT program before vision therapy or during a two-week break from vision therapy. The ILS Integrated listening programs last four or more months with an option of ownership of 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.
Cheri Moore helps individuals with: no diagnosis who have sound intolerance; a past injury, concussion, or poor ENT health; hearing loss, but unable to adjust to wearing hearing aids, and individuals diagnosed with: attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), sensory issues, autism, dyslexia, hyperactivity, learning disabilities (LD), language impairments, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), hearing loss, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and depression.
MAIT Consists of Comprehensive Hearing Tests, ENT Wellness, and Auditory-Visual Protocols
Moore Auditory-Visual Integration Training uses hearing test results and the information below to develop each individualized Beard-Based 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%|
activities with in-home activities
|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."
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