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Auditory-Verbal Therapy

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Ashley DeWolf

on 14 October 2013

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Transcript of Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Auditory-Verbal Therapy
What is Auditory-Verbal Therapy?
AVT is where parents and therapists work together to help the child learn to listen so they can learn to talk

Auditory-Verbal Therapy includes education, guidance, advocacy, and family support

AVT is tailored to fit the specific needs of both the child and family and is not conducted as group therapy
In AVT Parents will Learn...
How important hearing aids and cochlear implants are to the child’s development in hearing and speaking skills

To actively participate in both the therapy sessions and everyday activities at home to help their child learn more quickly

That it is possible for their child to attend regular schools


Goals of Auditory-Verbal Therapy
Through AVT, deaf children will:

Learn to listen and talk
Engage in meaningful conversation
Be assimilated into regular classrooms
Have the same educational, vocational, and social choices as other children


What Makes an Auditory-Verbal Therapist?
Auditory Verbal Therapists can be audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and/or teachers of the deaf

They must be certified by the Academy For Listening and Spoken Language at the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Receive specialized training and intensive mentoring
They are required to pass practical and theoretical examination
They are often members one or more multidisciplinary educational/medical teams

Auditory-Verbal Therapy in Action!
Therapists usually offer weekly sessions for about an hour to a hour and a half each

In each session the therapists coach the parents on how to work with their child on developing their language skills

The emphasis in AVT is always listening, not watching so visual cues like lipreading are never used unless absolutely necessary

It's also important to follow the child's lead

The Listening Environment
Auditory-Verbal Therapy stresses the importance of listening rather then watching, so the listening environment has to have the best acoustic conditions. This is achieved by:

Having the parent and/or therapist beside the child and speak about 10-12 inches from the their hearing aids or implant

Minimizing background noises
I'm learning to listen, I'm willing to try
Nothings impossible, reach for the sky
I may not be perfect, though I'd like to be
I'm learning to listen, just being me
Estabrooks, 1994
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