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Auditory Verbal therapy

Speech & Language – Christopher Place – Auditory Verbal Therapy

London Auditory Verbal at Christopher Place

Auditory Verbal therapy (AVT) is a family focused therapy approach assisting children with impaired hearing to learn to talk through listening. With digital hearing aids and/or cochlear implants the majority of children born with impaired hearing can access all the sounds of speech. Simple detection of speech sounds do not lead to spoken language competence however, and children with impaired hearing need help and encouragement to learn to listen.

Through the Auditory Verbal approach the child develops a listening attitude so that hearing and listening become a part of everyday communication, play and education. Emphasis is placed on the child hearing and responding to voice while completing play activities based on the typical patterns of development. The emphasis on listening enables the child to trust what he/she hears. With adequate listening skills, over time the child develops spoken communication via the same method as typically hearing children: by simply being immersed in it.

As their child’s primary language facilitator, parents have a fundamental and active role in every AVT session. They receive education relating to the hearing system, technology and typical patterns of development, support to help overcome the grief related to a diagnosis of hearing impairment, and practice in using strategies that facilitate the development of listening and spoken language. Please refer to the Principles of AVT tab at the top of the page for the ten guiding principles that further define the approach.

What we offer

London Auditory Verbal at Christopher Place offers assessments and family focused AVT sessions on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis as determined appropriate for each individual family. This can be provided in isolation or in addition to another Christopher Place package including any or all of nursery education, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, child psychology.

What does an Auditory Verbal therapy (AVT) session look like?”

Location: at our Christopher Place Centre in Euston, London

Duration: 1 hour (45 minutes of therapist/parent/child interaction and 15 minutes of therapist/parent discussion)

Expectations of the parents: Parent presence and participation are required during every AVT session. Parents learn and practice skills and strategies to facilitate their child’s spoken language development on a daily basis, and are educated in areas relevant to their child’s hearing, amplification and developmental needs. Parents are coached in ‘why’ each activity is selected and ‘how’ each auditory verbal therapy (AVT) activity works. At the end of the AVT time, outcomes are discussed and as a partnership, home targets are selected. Past home targets are reviewed and queries, concerns and progress discussed.

Expectations of the child: If its not fun, its not working. Auditory Verbal therapy (AVT) activities are play based and designed to appeal to the child’s level of development and personal interests. AVT targets are selected according to the typical patterns of audition, speech, language and cognition development.

Auditory Verbal therapy (AVT) Review and Assessment: Periodically, the parent/family learning checklist is reviewed to reinforce the lead role the parents and family play in supporting the child’s progress. Standardised speech and language assessments are administered annually and as necessary to devise individual education plans, monitor progress and evaluate the effectiveness of the service.

Liaison: External liaison occurs with audiological, medical and educational teams to ensure the child receives the best possible access to sound in all early learning environments.

Principles of Auditory Verbal therapy


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