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Auditory-verbal therapy is a method for teaching deaf children to listen and speak using their residual hearing in addition to the constant use of amplification devices such as hearing aids, FM devices, and cochlear implants. Auditory-verbal therapy emphasizes speech and listening, discouraging reliance on visual communication such as lip reading or Sign Languages (American Sign Language, British Sign Language, etc).

Auditory verbal therapy is widely used across the United States, enabling deaf and hearing impaired children to take their place in mainstream school and society. Published research demonstrates its efficacy in enabling deaf children to learn to listen and talk (Goldberg & Felexer 2001, Rhoades & Chisholm 2001, Hogan et al 2008).

In the UK, access to auditory verbal therapy is currently available at two cochlear implant centres (Paediatric Cochlear Implant Programme, University of Manchester and Aston University, Birmingham Children's Cochlear Implant Programme) and through a national Oxfordshire-based charity called AVUK.

References

Goldberg DM, Flexer C (2001). Auditory-verbal graduates: outcome survey of clinical efficacy. J Am Acad Audiol. 2001 Sep;12(8):406-14.
Rhoades, EA; Chisholm, TH. (2001). Global language progress with an auditory-verbal approach for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Volta Review, Volume 102(1), Pgs. 5-25
Hogan, S., Stokes, J., White, C., Tyszkiewicz, E., Woolgar, A. (2008) An evaluation of Auditory Verbal therapy using the rate of early language development as an outcome measure. Deafness Educ. Int. 10(3): 143-167

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