Auditory - Verbal


A program emphasizing auditory skills. Teaches a child to develop listening skills through one-on-one therapy that focuses attention on use of remaining hearing (with the aid of amplification). Since this method strives to make the most of a child's listening abilities, no manual communication is used and the child is discouraged from relying on visual cues, including speech reading. The main goal of this unisensory approach is to develop speech, primarily through the use of aided hearing alone, and communication skills necessary for integration into the hearing community.

PRIMARY GOALS
To develop speech, primarily through the use of aided hearing alone, and communication skills necessary for integration into the hearing community.

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (receptive)
Child learns to speak through the early, consistent and successful use of a personal amplification system (hearing aids, cochlear implant, FM system).

EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE
Spoken and written English.

HEARING
Early, consistent and successful use of amplification (hearing aids, cochlear implant, FM system) is critical to this approach.

FAMILY RESPONSIBILTY
Since the family is primarily responsible for the child’s language development, parents are expected to incorporate on-going training into the child’s daily routine and play activities. They must provide a language-rich environment, make hearing a meaningful part of all the child’s experiences and ensure full-time use of amplification.

PARENT TRAINING
Parents need to be highly involved with child’s teacher and/or therapists (speech, auditory-verbal, etc.) in order to learn training methods and carry them over to the home environment.

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A.G. Bell Association

Auditory-Verbal, International

 

 

 

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