Auditory Verbal therapy (AVT) is a specialized early intervention approach that facilitates the development of a hearing-impaired child’s auditory brain, which would enable him/her to learn to listen and eventually develop spoken language skills. This is made possible through the use of appropriate hearing technology and evidence-based Auditory Verbal techniques and strategies.
As their children’s primary language teachers, parents/caregivers play an important and active role in AVT. They receive intensive guidance and coaching during therapy sessions in order to develop the skills and acquire the tools that they need to help their children develop their listening and spoken language skills through play and daily routines.
An Auditory Verbal therapist is a speech and language pathologist, teacher of the deaf, or an audiologist who has undergone three years of post-graduate training to qualify as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS). While a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist certified Auditory Verbal Therapist (LSLS Cert. AVT™) has completed three to five years of supervised, mentored practice and has successfully passed a rigorous exam to obtain the LSLS credential.