University of Edinburgh

An Introduction to Auditory Verbal Therapy

Presented on 16 June 2011

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 15
Number of Respondents: 14

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?

Far greater knowledge of Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT), which I can share with the parents I work with.
At home as a parent of a hearing impaired child.
I will restructure listening activities/learning to be far less content based. I will venture into the imagination and not always live in the concrete.
It will enhance my practice with pre-school age children. (3)
I will adopt aspects of AVT into my practice with immediate effect when working with my 0-3 yrs clients.
See several pre-schoolers and one baby recently diagnosed - useful information.
In my support with young deaf children and their families. It’s given me confidence to say how important this input is.
Definitely use the 'messages' from afternoon session during my everyday working.
Have increased my knowledge re AVT and would liaise with them provisionally to improve support provided for children with HI and their families.
Direct input into teaching practices.
Adapt my expectations on child’s ability to explore and develop language. Develop approaches for working with young children.
Very useful, new to the Sensory Support Service and found the film footage very useful on how to implement techniques and strategies on home visits.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Baby session - to see in practice. Video footage and principles behind AVT. (3)
Session with child was very illuminating re working with parents alongside child. Thrilling to watch. So helpful having session talked through. Very brave parents. Thanks to them. (2)
Lots of practical advice/information and will be beneficial to have tape of interview/therapy sessions. Therapy demonstration was extremely helpful.
The practical video clips to illustrate what you are trying to achieve with families.
All parts excellent.
Observation of an actual AVT session. (3)
Clarity of presentation and the information provided in video presentations (practical aspect).
Broken up with video - greatly helped to understand theory. Opportunity to observe a session.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

More time for Q&A/discussion.
Seating arrangement in PM session. A lot of people could not see interaction of child because of arrangement around table.

Any other comments regarding the course?

Thoroughly enjoyed the day - thank you.
Excellent. Thank you.
One aspect of AVT which was mentioned repeatedly was the need for observation. Feel more time could be spent on practice of observing small signals from child eg; on DVD sessions, showing DVD, stopping and starting to highlight small ways child is communicating eg; eye contact, movement of hand. Observation so important.
Very clear and well paced - extremely informative.
Great lunch. Thanks again for another great course.
More in-service would be great.
Thoroughly enjoyable. Lots of food-for-thought to enhance my own practice.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 5; Yes 11; No

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Have you made use of the website? If yes:






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How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure. (4)
Course Leaflet Mailshot. (5)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (3)
SSC Newsletter. (1)
Other: ToD. (1)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?

Will contact SSC. (WSDCS)
It would be interesting to be able to provide courses specifically for parents of HI children, namely on AVT.
A follow-up/more advanced AVT course would be great!
Something re the observation of young children for info re communication.
Children with HI and other additional needs especially autism: Approaches. (Huge area, but we need to start somewhere.)
Language assessment tools.
Audiology updates. (2)
I would be interested in further training if there are funds available.
Assessment tools (assessing language development).
Developing listening skills.
Working with English as an additional language (EAL) families.
Reynell (developmental) language scales training.
Deaf and complex needs.
Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and deaf education.
Anything on SEN and training for Hearing Support Teachers: language and communication; engaging pupils; and listening skills/techniques.

Outcomes Assessment

Chartered Teacher Standard components:

Very useful = 1; Not useful = 5

your professional values and personal commitment


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes