Elizabeth Cole, Ed.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT
About Auditory-Verbal Therapy
Auditory-Verbal Therapy is a family centered approach for young children with hearing loss.
In the Auditory/Verbal model, a certified Auditory/Verbal therapist presents individually tailored instruction to the child with hearing loss, and caregivers on a regular schedule. The child is accompanied to all sessions by a parent or caregiver. The parent, or caregiver, participates in the sessions and has responsibility to implement the instruction at home and throughout all activities. Emphasis is placed upon developing the auditory function to learn to listen, speak, and process verbal language. The aim is to integrate listening into the child's total personality. The key to success in this program is family commitment.
Who is a suitable candidate for this program?
- A child whose hearing loss was identified early
- A child who began using amplification at an early age
- A child who is not more than 6 years old
- A child whose parents, or caregivers, are able to accompany him or her to therapy sessions during school hours
- A child whose parents, or caregivers, are strongly motivated and able to assume the role of primary language/spoken language teachers(s)
Auditory/Verbal children may attend a regular preschool program for several half days per week, and they may also attend individual Auditory/Verbal sessions with a parent for one or two sessions per week.
Does the candidate need to have a lot of hearing?
Not necessarily. Children with severe and profound losses have been very successful with Auditory/Verbal programming. Auditory-Verbal therapy is a recommended habilitation approach for very young children with cochlear implants.