With the help of universal newborn screening programs and scientific advances made in amplification and cochlear implants, children who are deaf and hard of hearing are being diagnosed earlier and fitted with state of the art technology that provides them access to speech. With appropriate intervention, these children have the opportunity to develop listening, speaking, and literacy skills on par with their typical hearing peers.
Active Family Participation
Active family participation is a crucial part of AVT. In therapy, caregivers are taught how to act as the primary educators for their child’s listening and spoken language development in everyday situations. In each session, the therapist educates the family on specific goals and strategies through take-home activities with their child. Ideas are discussed on how to address the goals outside the therapy setting. Once the caregiver grasps the goals, he/she then applies these into everyday life throughout the week.
The Center for Hearing and Speech currently has four certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialists in Auditory-Verbal Therapy (LSLS, Cert. AVT) and several more professionals in the mentoring process. A certified LSLS has, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in speech-language pathology, audiology, or deaf education. These professionals have completed 3 to 5 years of supervised, mentored practice and have successfully passed a comprehensive test to obtain the LSLS credential.
For more information on AVT, please call us at (713)523-3633 or visit the Alexander Graham Bell Association’s website