As advances in amplification and cochlear implant technology are made, there is increased potential for children with all degrees and types of hearing loss to become effective listeners and users of spoken communication. Auditory-Verbal Therapy is a family-focused early intervention approach for children with hearing loss and their families, and is a compliment to the scientific and technological advances. The primary goal of Auditory-Verbal Therapy (or Listening and Spoken Language Intervention) is to help parents learn how to manage their child’s hearing health and auditory environment so that learning opportunities within areas of audition, speech, language, cognition and communication are maximized during daily routines and life. This course will provide overview of the principles of LSLS Auditory-Verbal Therapy, evidence-informed strategies used to facilitate listening and spoken language development, parent coaching fundamentals, and the basics of goal setting and charting of diagnostic information in areas of audition, speech, language, cognition and communication. The learner will be shown multiple video clips of one therapy session with a young child and her father, and the guided learning multiple-choice questions will help the learner become more more adept at identifying and putting the fundamentals of Auditory-Verbal Therapy into practice.
- Define the principles of Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT).
- Describe evidence-informed strategies used in AVT that facilitate listening, talking and thinking.
- Identify appropriate short-term goals in areas of audition, speech, language, cognition and communication for a 14-month old child with a hearing age of 4 months.
- Identify diagnostic information in areas of audition, speech, language, cognition and communication, upon watching a young child in a therapy session.
- Describe ways that a therapist can involve the parent in the session as a partner in therapy sessions.
Course Presenter (full bio)
Karen MacIver-Lux, MA, Aud(C), Reg. CASLPO, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the President and CE Administrator of SoundIntuition. She oversees the development of online courses, learning experiences, and products for professionals and families who dedicate their lives to helping individuals with communication disorders reach their highest listening and communication potential. Karen has held the position of Lecturer in the School of Human Communication Disorders and has lectured at numerous universities across Canada and United States. Karen is also the Director of MacIver-Lux Auditory Learning Services and provides auditory learning services for individuals with hearing loss of all ages and their families. From 1997-2007, Karen worked as an auditory-verbal therapist and coordinator of clinical services at the Learning to Listen Foundation (LTLF), North York General Hospital in Toronto. In addition, she worked as a clinical audiologist for several years. She also served as a director of the board of Auditory-Verbal International, Inc.
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