Oral/Auditory-Oral

Program that teaches a child to make maximum use of his/her residual hearing through amplification (hearing aids, cochlear implant, FM system). This program also stresses the use of speech reading to aid the child's communication. Use of any form of manual communication (sign language) is not encouraged although natural gestures may be supported. The primary goal of the Oral program is to develop speech and communication skills necessary for integration into the hearing community.

PRIMARY GOALS
To develop speech and communication skills necessary for integration into the hearing community.

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (receptive)
Child learns to speak through a combination of early, consistent and successful use of amplification and speechreading.

EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE
Spoken and written English

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

FAMILY RESPONSIBILTY
Since the family is primarily responsible for the child’s language development, parents are expected to incorporate training and practice sessions (learned from therapists) into the child’s daily routine and play activities. In addition, the family is responsible for ensuring consistent use of amplification.

PARENT TRAINING
Parents need to be highly involved with child’s teacher and/or therapists (speech, aural habilitation, etc) to carry over training activities to the home and create an optimal "oral" learning environment. These training activities would emphasize development of listening, speech reading and speech skills.

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