Pediatric Auditory-Verbal Therapy

A Different Approach to Communication

Through auditory-verbal therapy, we help children with mild through profound hearing loss become independent, contributing citizens in a regular learning and living environment. The approach uses a guiding set of principles to maximize the use of hearing devices and residual sound.

Auditory-verbal therapy is a spoken language approach to teaching communication. It emphasizes hearing as the primary sense for gathering information, as opposed to vision or touch. Our certified auditory-verbal therapist teaches children to use their hearing devices to:

  • Listen
  • Understand spoken language
  • Speak with confidence

Patients typically have hearing aids or cochlear implants. There is no set age range for patients, but the earlier the intervention, the more effective the treatment. If therapy starts before age 3, patients can often be in line with their typically-developing peers by kindergarten.

 

     
 
SpecialCertification

    Our auditory-verbal therapist is a speech-language pathologist who has additional training in developing auditory skills and language through listening. By earning a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist certification (LSLS Cert. AVT) through the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language, our therapist meets the high standards of knowledge and experience these patients need.

 
     

What to Expect from the Evaluation

Children will need their hearing aids or cochlear implant(s) for the evaluation if applicable. Auditory-verbal evaluations are very similar to the speech-language evaluations we offer. Our auditory-verbal therapist, however, will take into account hearing loss and other information.

The therapist may also do auditory skills testing. Afterward, the therapist will provide counseling, including:

  • Communication options
  • What it takes to develop spoken language with hearing loss
  • What therapy will be like

What to Expect from Therapy

A typical therapy session lasts about an hour. Each session uses diagnostic information to evaluate the child's changing needs.

The most important part of the session is parental involvement. Parents and caregivers not only sit in on the sessions, they participate. The therapist guides and coaches parents on ways to:

  • Present activities
  • Model language
  • Build listening skills

Parents will learn as much as the child. They will be given handouts and a therapy plan to continue at home. Parents are expected to work on each goal every day in structured sessions and regular routines at home.

Next Steps

A referral from an audiologist, ENT or pediatrician is required for treatment. Contact our Hearing Loss Program at 404-785-7174 for more information.