Auditory-Verbal therapy is an approach that focuses on infants and children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families who desire a listening and spoken language outcome (without the use of sign language or lip reading).
This type of therapy is expertly provided by a Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS™). LSLS at the Auditory-Verbal Center (AVC) and parents/caregivers work together to maximize each child’s hearing and listening potential.
Auditory-Verbal therapy follows the progression of communication and development of a hearing child:
• Development of auditory skills
• Comprehension of spoken language
• Use of spoken language
• Clear production of speech, monitored by children listening to themselves
One goal of auditory-verbal therapy is to enroll the child in environments with hearing peers such as education, extra-curricular and family activities. The approach also focuses on giving the parents various techniques to teach their child to be a listening and speaking individual.
The foundation of the auditory-verbal approach follows the international principles set forth by the Alexander Graham Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language (AG Bell):
1. Promote early diagnosis of hearing loss in newborns, infants, toddlers, and young children, followed by immediate audiologic management and Auditory-Verbal therapy.
2. Recommend immediate assessment and use of appropriate, state-of-the-art hearing technology to obtain maximum benefits of auditory stimulation.
3. Guide and coach parents to help their child use hearing as the primary sensory modality in developing listening and spoken language.
4. Guide and coach parents. to become the primary facilitators of their child's listening and spoken language development through active consistent participation in individualized Auditory-Verbal therapy.
5. Guide and coach parents. to create environments that support listening for the acquisition of spoken language throughout the child's daily activities.
6. Guide and coach parents. to help their child integrate listening and spoken language into all aspects of the child's life.
7. Guide and coach parents. to use natural developmental patterns of audition, speech, language, cognition, and communication.
8. Guide and coach parents. to help their child self-monitor spoken language through listening.
9. Administer ongoing formal and informal diagnostic assessments to develop individualized Auditory-Verbal treatment plans, to monitor progress and to evaluate the effectiveness of the plans for the child and family.
10. Promote education in regular schools with peers who have typical hearing and with appropriate services from early childhood onwards.