Auditory verbal therapy is a highly specialist early intervention family-centered coaching program which equips parents and caregivers with the tools to support the development of their deaf child’s speech and language development. In order for deaf children to listen, they require optimum technology such as hearing aids or cochlear implants.
They also need the technology to stimulate the listening part of the brain, the auditory cortex. Owing to neuroplasticity, the auditory cortex requires stimulation early in a child’s life, ideally before three and a half. Auditory Verbal programs work to ensure optimum technology is provided and that parents are given strategies to stimulate listening and therefore the listening brain.
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. A 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.