University of Edinburgh

An Introduction to Auditory Verbal Therapy

Presented on 16 June 2011


The majority of children born with hearing loss have some degree of hearing which can be improved by hearing aids and sometimes cochlear implants. These can maximise a child's access to sound so that listening, speaking and language skills can be developed to the fullest extent possible. Through the auditory-verbal approach the child develops a listening attitude so that actively attending to the sounds around him becomes automatic. Hearing and listening can then become an integral part of communication, play, education and eventually work.

More and more families are interested in Auditory Verbal Therapy and this is an opportunity for Scottish teachers, parents and associated professionals to find out more about this approach to developing listening and spoken language skills.

ome along and see how these aspects of Curriculum for Excellence are being developed for HI/VI pupils and to share good practice and ideas from different authorities.

Target Audience: Teachers, parents and all professionals working with young deaf children.

Presenters: Elizabeth Tyszkiewicz, Auditory Verbal Therapist, Birmingham Children's Cochlear Implant Centre;
Susannah Burden, Speech and Language Therapist
Carole Torrance, Scottish Sensory Centre


10.20 am Introduction, Carole Torrance

10.30 am Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT) in the UK

  • Who delivers AVT?
  • Who benefits from AVT?
  • What happens in an AVT session?
  • How do you get AVT if you want it?
  • How is AVT paid for? The situation in Scotland

1.30 pm Observation of an AVT session

2 pm Discussion

3.30 pm Questions and course evaluation