Auditory-verbal intervention is evidence-based and appropriate for children who are deaf or hard of hearing seeking to develop and improve listening, spoken language, and literacy skills through use of hearing technology. Family members are included as part of the process, as they are trained and coached in sessions to help their child generalize skills outside of the therapeutic setting into daily living activities. The LSL professional also collaborates with the child’s audiologist and school professionals to ensure best possible outcomes.
Aural rehabilitation services are provided in addition to the AVT clinic for individuals across the lifespan who are deaf or hard of hearing. These services are appropriate for individuals seeking intervention to “relearn” listening and language skills, following a hearing loss that occurred after development of language skills, with the assistance of hearing technology. A variety of modalities and evidence-based strategies may be used to improve communication skills through these intervention services.
About the Aural
The Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT) clinic is supervised by Marie Johnson, a speech-language pathologist and a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist (LSLS, Cert. AVT), conferred through the Academy of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing.