Listening and spoken language programs – also known as auditory-verbal therapy (AVT) or auditory-oral therapy (AOT) – are types of therapy that help children who have hearing loss, learn to listen and speak, using any hearing they do have.
What do listening and spoken language programs involve?
These programs often include different activities and techniques, such as:
- Auditory training, which involves listening to sounds and learning to distinguish between different sounds and words
- Speech and language therapy, where we work on speech sounds, vocabulary, and grammar to improve your child's ability to understand and use spoken language
- Listening games and other fun activities designed to help your child learn how to listen and pay attention to sounds.
Our aim is to make your child’s and your family’s journey as easy as possible. With early diagnosis and intervention your child’s spoken language abilities can often match those of their hearing peers.
Because of the challenges of hearing loss and deafness, these programs can be intensive, requiring a lot of dedication and commitment from everyone involved – but the rewards can be truly life-changing.
Benefits of the listening and spoken language program
- We work with your family to identify your child’s specific needs and help them reach their full listening, speech and language potential
- Our individualised Listening and Spoken Language programs are tailored to suit individual needs
- We continuously discuss progress with you, because you are the key to your child’s development
- Our expert multidisciplinary team is on hand to closely monitor your child’s development
Utilising the expertise of a range of professionals
- Listening and spoken language specialists
- Teachers of the Deaf
- Social workers
- Speech pathologists
Group program options
We offer a range of group support options designed for specific ages and needs.