The LSLS and parent introduce the child to new auditory, language, and cognitive concepts, as well as expand upon ones taught previously. The session also serves as a diagnostic time for the LSLS to assess the child’s progress. Formal evaluations are conducted on a regular basis.
During the session the LSLS educates the parents so that they have the knowledge and skills to follow-through daily in their home environment. The LSLS provides the parents with a copy of the lesson plan, various articles related to child development, and other materials for home use. Structured activities as well as everyday situations are utilized to foster their child’s listening and language development.
AVC has a mock home environment used to demonstrate activities as a part of daily living. The Home Center provides families the opportunity to practice the Auditory-Verbal strategies they will implement at home.
A baseline evaluation is conducted upon enrollment to determine a child’s skills and needs. Completion of the program will be based on the child’s acquisition of age appropriate communication skills, which averages between 2-5 years. Some factors that can influence the length of treatment for a child are: the age at diagnosis, severity of hearing loss, developmental delays, and level of participation by parents.
The Auditory-Verbal Center (AVC) offers teletherapy in order to provide specialized services to children and families in rural communities and/or those who do not have access to a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS™). Families receive weekly Auditory-Verbal sessions in an approved venue through the use of video-conferencing software and equipment. The therapist (using the same software and equipment) coaches the parent as he/she performs listening and spoken language activities with their child. The parent, child, and therapist will be able to hear and see one another during the entire one hour session.