Auditory-Verbal therapy is an approach that combines specialty of audiology, speech language pathology and education of the deaf, with goal to help children with hearing impairment to develop spoken language through listening.
The therapy is conducted in regular classrooms and living environments, so that it can help children to function independently in mainstream society.
Who can benefit from Auditory-Verbal Therapy?
Children with all degrees of hearing impairment, from mild to profound who are currently using hearing aids and/or a cochlear implant have the opportunity to learn to listen and develop spoken language through the Auditory-Verbal approach.
What is the best age for a child to start Auditory-Verbal Therapy?
Therapy can begin as soon as a child, even an infant, has been fitted with hearing aids. As the human brain develops most rapidly in infancy, therapy and parent teaching should start immediately during this crucial period.
What are Auditory-Verbal Sessions like?
Children and their parents participate together in weekly diagnostic, individualised sessions. Parents learn how to create a listening environment through play and daily routines with their children.
Parents also have the opportunity to meet up with other parents to share their experiences during the parent education group meetings. These meetings are held regularly, with a specific topic / theme for discussion.