ALL EARS! Listening & Language Center uses Auditory-Verbal Therapy with the students and parents.
WHAT IS AUDITORY-VERBAL THERAPY?
The philosophy of Auditory-Verbal Therapy is for children with hearing loss to grow up in regular learning and social environments, enabling them to become independent, participating, and contributing citizens in the mainstream.
Auditory-Verbal Therapy is specialized therapy designed to teach a child to maximize the hearing provided by his or her hearing aid or cochlear implant in order to understand speech and learn to talk. The child is taught to develop hearing as an active sense so that listening becomes automatic and an integral part of communication, recreation, socialization, education, and work.
is a parent centered approach that encourages the use of naturalistic conversation and the use of spoken language to communicate,
is based on teaching parents, during their child’s individual therapy sessions to focus on listening and interact with their child using the auditory-verbal approach,
encourages interaction and mainstreaming children with normal-hearing peers, teaches the child to develop self-monitoring skills.
AVT follows a logical and critical set of guiding principles. The parent, therapist, and child engage in play activities that teach the child to use his or her amplified hearing to learn auditory-verbal communication like children with normal hearing. Participation in playgroups, library story hours, and attendance in community schools provides children with highly motivating natural language models. The child learns to listen to his/her own voice as well as to others during natural conversations which promotes natural voice quality.
WHY ALL EARS!?
The All Ears! Team is passionate about guiding and coaching parents to help their child attain his/her full potential by reaching an optimal spoken language outcome.
All Ears! Listening & Language Center is the only pre-school and therapy center in Montgomery County where children who are deaf learn spoken language alongside their hearing peers. All Ears! believes that children with hearing loss, even profound deafness, can learn to listen and speak, and enter mainstream kindergarten without special services. They can develop spoken language naturally with early detection, appropriate amplification and specialized Listening & Spoken Language (LSL) strategies. Through All Ears! family-centered approach, parents are guided and coached to become their child’s primary teacher and leader of their child’s LSL Team.
All Ears! Services:
- LSL Pre-school classroom instruction for children 18 months to kindergarten with
intensive listening and language program and daily opportunities for learning
alongside hearing children in a typical hearing pre-school setting
- LSL Parent-Infant Program at no charge to families
o LSL-Auditory-Verbal Therapy for children from birth to elementary school age
o LSL Playgroup for children ages 6 months – 18 months
- Facilitate remote audiology sessions
- LSL Team Collaboration
- Speech-Language Assessments
- Mainstream classroom and social opportunities with hearing peers
- Parent Education and Support Group
- Parent Mentors
- Better than 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio with experienced master’s level teachers trained in listening & spoken language and early intervention
- Scholarships available based on need
- Nurturing and language-rich environment
- Applications are accepted year round