Auditory-verbal therapy is a method for teaching deaf children to listen and speak using their residual hearing in addition to the constant use of amplification devices such as hearing aids, FM devices, and cochlear implants. Auditory-verbal therapy emphasizes speech and listening.
Auditory verbal therapy is used in the Center under the theory that it enables deaf and hard of hearing children to participate more fully in mainstream school and hearing society.
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.
Know the Signs: Early Identification Can Change LivesAutism is treatable. Studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.
Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:
Lack of or delay in spoken language
Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
Little or no eye contact
Lack of interest in peer relationships
Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
Persistent fixation on parts of objects
There is no one cause for autism and no known cures. Autism can affect any child, regardless of race, ethnicity, lifestyle, education or income level. However, autism is treatable. Early diagnosis and appropriate intervention are vital to successful treatment and set the foundation for future success.
What is Asperger's Disorder?
The information above was obtained from the Autism Society of America. For more information on the Autism Society of America, please visit www.autism-society.org or call 1.800.3AUTISM. © Copyright 1996-2008, Autism Society of America.
At this time it is not known what causes autism. There are a number of theories that are reflecting trends, however research has not been able to identify one known cause.
Research indicates that better outcomes are possible when early diagnosis occurs. If given an early diagnosis, families can acquire the necessary intervention services for their child.
At first glance, some persons with autism may appear to have mental retardation, a behavior disorder, problems with hearing or even odd and eccentric behavior. However, it is important to distinguish autism from other conditions, since an accurate diagnosis and early identification can provide the basis for building an appropriate and effective educational and treatment program.
At North Light Center we conduct a comprehensive assessment. Through observation of the individual's behaviors and the collection of developmental, medical and psychiatric histories from the family, our trained professionals are able to determinean individual's diagnosis.
To schedule an assessment, please contact North Light Center at 02-271-4455