Speech and Beyond Pediatric Therapy is honored to offer Auditory Verbal Therapy at our outpatient clinic located in Jenks, Oklahoma.
What is Auditory Verbal Therapy?
Auditory-Verbal Therapy is specialized type of therapy designed to teach a child to use the hearing provided by a hearing aid or a cochlear implant for understanding speech and learning to talk. The child is taught to develop hearing as an active sense so that listening becomes automatic and the child seeks out sounds in life. Hearing and active listening become an integral part of communication, recreation, socialization, education, and work.
- The philosophy of Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT) is for deaf and hard of hearing children to grow up in a regular learning environment, enabling them to become independent, participating, and contributing citizens in the mainstream society.
- AVT is a parent centered approach that encourages the use of naturalistic conversation and the use of spoken language to communicate.
- AVT is an approach that emphasizes the use of residual hearing to help children learn to listen,process verbal language, and to speak.
- AVT Maximizes the use of the child’s aided residual hearing for the detection of sound.
- The earliest possible identification of hearing loss with immediate fitting with amplification, as well as prompt intervention helps to reduce the extent of language delays commonly associated with hearing impairment.
What is an Auditory Verbal Therapist?
- Auditory-Verbal therapists are professionals who have been trained in one or more of the disciplines of speech pathology, audiology, and education of the deaf.
- They recommend an Auditory-Verbal treatment plan as the first option for developing a speech, language, and education program for hearing-impaired children.
- Auditory-Verbal therapists seize the auditory component of any life experience and promote and develop the use of sound for speaking and understanding spoken language.
- Auditory-Verbal therapists have expertise in the use of acoustic emphasis of speech sounds and language patterns for the purpose of maximizing the hearing- impaired child’s verbal development.
- The guiding principle applied by an Auditory-Verbal therapist is that all therapeutic and education decisions lead to the hearing-impaired person’s maximum participation in the hearing-speaking society.
At Speech and Beyond- We have two Speech Language Pathologists that specialize in Auditory-Verbal Therapy. Call today to schedule an appointment with Nicole or Kayla. 918-409-0157
Before your first appointment, we will need a referral from your child’s pediatrician as well as copy of their most recent audiological exam.