Auditory Verbal Therapy
Auditory Verbal Therapy is an individualized, auditory, developmental program, implemented by the child's family in close collaboration with a therapist, with the goal of achieving age appropriate spoken language ability, and full social participation throughout childhood and beyond.
Auditory-Verbal practice is a parent-centered approach to enabling children with hearing impairment to learn to talk through listening. It focuses on the use of SOUND (audition) as the primary channel for learning and gaining meaning from the environment. Parents are at the center of this approach and take a full and active part in every session with the Auditory-Verbal therapist. In this way parents learn to provide the most productive and positive experiences to stimulate verbal communication.
This approach is distinctive in the way it maximizes the child's use of hearing as the primary sense for developing spoken language.
The vast majority of children born with hearing loss have some degree of hearing, which can be improved by hearing aids and cochlear implants. These can maximize a child's access to sound so that listening, speaking and language skills can be developed to the fullest extent possible. Through the auditory-verbal approach the child develops a listening attitude so that actively attending to the sound around him becomes automatic. Hearing and listening become an integral part of communication, play, education and eventually work.