By Lyndsey Allen, LSLS Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist
Auditory Verbal Therapy (“AVT”) is a family centred approach that maximises the use of modern hearing technology to support children and babies in developing spoken language through listening. It can only be offered by a Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist, a professional with a background in Audiology, Speech and Language Therapy or Education of the Deaf who has then go on to complete the minimum of three years additional training.
Increasingly parents are finding out about Auditory Verbal Therapy but with only nine certified Auditory Verbal Therapists practising in the UK access to it is badly limited and families previously have had to face long journeys down south. Recognising the need for more availability of AVT, I have recently established the Auditory Verbal Lounge , an independent service located at the Ear Foundation in Nottingham.
There are a number of initiatives by the Certified Auditory Verbal Therapists in the UK to provide training and sharing of information to other interested professionals; one of which an Auditory Verbal Therapy special interest group is held twice a year and has attracted around 100 Speech and Language Therapists and Teachers of the Deaf.
The next one on 26th May will be held at the Ear Foundation with the focus on ‘AVT Working with diverse families’. Families and professionals can contact me with any questions about Auditory Verbal Therapy or the services described, and I look forward to welcoming and helping many families in the new Auditory Verbal Lounge at The Ear Foundation.