LSLS Auditory Verbal Therapy

Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS™) are licensed speech-language pathologists who have become specialists in supporting children who are deaf or hard of hearing develop spoken language and literacy primarily through listening.

LSLS professionals guide and coach parents to help their child develop spoken language through listening, and to teach them to advocate for their child inclusion in mainstream schools. Ultimately, parents gain the confidence needed to know that their child will have access to a full range of educational, social and vocational choices in life.

“The path required to get this certification sets professionals apart in their knowledge, experience and application of skills to change outcomes for children with hearing loss.” Cynthia S. Robinson, LSLS Cert. AVEd™ – Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech

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Individual Therapy Sessions – Children and Adults

Learning to Listen begins, for many, at birth. When children have limited access to sound, the process of learning to listen becomes an intensive and deliberate process. Each new response to sound with hearing aids and/or cochlear implants is a meaningful step along the path to listening and speaking. Children as young as 3 months can begin weekly therapy to coach and support parents as they become their child’s first teacher.

For others, auditory skills may be developed as a toddler, preschooler, or in their elementary school years. All children are assessed, and their strengths are used to support the area’s targeted for growth.

Everyone who receives cochlear implants, children and adults, will benefit from auditory skills re habilitation. Learning to use assistive listening devices, and integrating the use of cochlear implants with other blue-tooth technology can maximize benefit. Individualized listening practice builds confidence and accuracy in listening. Adults who attend a rehabilitation program following their cochlear implant surgery find a higher rate of satisfaction and use.