One of the early intervention options for infants, toddlers, and young children who are fit with hearing aids or for those patients who receive unilateral or bilateral cochlear implants is the Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT) approach.
AVT is an auditory-based teaching approach with significant family involvement.
The goal of auditory-based teaching approaches for children with hearing loss, is to teach the family how their child can in fact “learn to listen”; and through learning to listen, develop spoken language.
Patients are first seen for an assessment, and depending on the diagnosis, parental counselling is done. The clinician explains the approaches of the scientific auditory-based therapy program and the resulting outcomes.
If parents are interested, an appointment can be scheduled for Auditory-Verbal or Auditory-Based Therapy sessions.
These 60-minute sessions include the patient and require the active participation of one or more family members in attendance.
Families are “coached” in techniques to maximally stimulate a child’s hearing potential, and in doing so, the development of speech and language typically follows.
A child-friendly space has been developed at Soft Hear Clinic, where each child’s language will be stimulated using toys, materials, and books – which are all utilized in teaching young children with hearing loss to develop spoken language skills and abilities.