Auditory Verbal Therapy
Hearing, Listening, Speaking, Thinking
Families wishing to embrace Audio Verbal Therapy in order to maximise their child's full potential, will do so, by following solid, evidenced based, highly qualified therapy. Through hearing and listening each child will learn to speak and think.
Sessions occur at your home, in my studio or through Teletherapy (Skype and Zoom)
1. The first consultation is by phone, email or Skype and is free of charge. Gaining some information about your child, we will then discuss your goals and the next steps in what we can achieve.
2. Before each session we will set goals and agree which toys are needed.
3. During the session I will coach and guide you how to use strategies and how to observe your child's responses, while you are playing together.
4. After the session we will write down the Take home messages. These are a few key points you will carry over into your everyday life.
5. Sessions take place weekly, fortnightly or monthly. (to be decided with the family)
6. I will write a six month goals program, so everyone knows what we are aiming for.
7. It is important to liaise with the school and all the professionals involved in order to maximise results. We will do this through regular meetings and emails.
Auditory Verbal therapy is a highly specialist early intervention programme which equips parents with the skills to maximise their deaf child’s speech and language development. The Auditory Verbal approach stimulates auditory brain development and enables deaf children with hearing aids and cochlear implants to make sense of the sound relayed by their devices. As a result, children with hearing loss are better able to develop listening and spoken language skills, with the aim of giving them the same opportunities and an equal start in life as hearing children.
Through play-based therapy sessions, parents are given the tools – Auditory Verbal techniques and strategies – to develop their child’s listening and spoken language. Auditory Verbal therapy enables parents to help their child to make the best possible use of his or her hearing technology and equips parents to check and troubleshoot it in collaboration with their audiology team. This will maximise a child’s access to sound so that listening and spoken language skills can be developed to the fullest extent possible.
Through play-based sessions using the Auditory Verbal approach, the child develops a listening attitude so that paying attention to the sound around him or her becomes automatic. Hearing and listening become an integral part of communication, play, education and eventually work. All learning from the sessions carries over into daily life. This means that at home, parents can make everyday activities such as setting the table or reading a story into a fun listening and learning opportunity. (from www.avuk.org)