Auditory-Verbal Therapy

In a welcoming, home like environment, the Cora Barclay Centre's Early Intervention team offers family-centred Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT) to the families of children who are deaf or hearing impaired.

AVT facilitates the optimal acquisition of spoken language by newborns, infants, toddlers, and young children who are deaf or hearing impaired and is distinctive in the way it uses listening to develop spoken language.

Parents and caregivers actively participate in play based therapy and through guidance, coaching, and demonstration, parents learn how to incorporate meaningful listening and language developing activities into their child’s life. The parents are the primary facilitator of their child's spoken language development. 

AVT promotes early diagnosis of hearing loss, state of the art audiological management and technology, comprehensive monitoring and assessment of a child’s listening, speech, language and cognitive development.

Ultimately, parents and caregivers gain confidence that their child can have access to a full range of academic, social, and occupational choices throughout life. Please click here to view our outcomes.

Principles of Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT)

  • Promote early diagnosis of hearing loss in newborns, infants, toddlers, and young children, followed by immediate audiological management and Auditory-Verbal Therapy.
  • Recommend immediate assessment and use of appropriate, state-of-the-art hearing technology to obtain maximum benefits of auditory stimulation.
  • Guide and coach parents to help their child use hearing as the primary sensory modality in developing listening and spoken language.
  • Guide and coach parents to become the primary facilitators of their child's listening and spoken language development through active consistent participation in individualised Auditory-Verbal therapy.
  • Guide and coach parents to create environments that support listening for the acquisition of spoken language throughout the child's daily activities.
  • Guide and coach parents to help their child integrate listening and spoken language into all aspects of the child's life.
  • Guide and coach parents to use natural developmental patterns of audition, speech, language, cognition, and communication.
  • Guide and coach parents to help their child self-monitor spoken language through listening.
  • Administer ongoing formal and informal diagnostic assessments to develop individualised Auditory-Verbal treatment plans, to monitor progress and to evaluate the effectiveness of the plans for the child and family.
  • Promote education in regular schools with peers who have typical hearing and with appropriate services from early childhood onwards.

An Auditory-Verbal Practice requires all 10 principles. The term "parents" also includes grandparents, relatives, guardians, and any caregivers who interact with the child.

Adapted from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language®, July 30, 2014 

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