University of Edinburgh

AVT: Developing listening and speech in deaf children under the age of 5

Presented on Thursday, 1st February 2018 at NDCS, Glasgow


This one-day interactive workshop provided participants with knowledge on how to check listening ability in babies and young children who are deaf. We looked at how to use the LING sounds across the ages for comprehensive listening assessment. We also considered the parent journey and how we can best coach and equip parents to develop their child's listening brain and support speech and language development.

The day focused on learning about auditory verbal strategies for developing speech and language through listening.

Participants left the session with fun, new ideas to use to support the babies, children and families on their caseload.

Participants said:

"Lots of ideas to take back and incorporate into own practice."

"Very informative and useful in terms of how babies learn to listen and practical strategies to implement during sessions."

Target Audience

Teachers of the deaf, Speech and Language Therapists, mainstream teachers, support staff in early years settings.


Frances Clark, Auditory Verbal Therapist and Highly Specialist SLT


10.30 am What is Auditory Verbal Therapy?

11.15 am The development of speech through listening

1.15 pm Checking listening responses

2.30 pm Using AV strategies

3.30 pm Course Evaluations and close