Auditory Verbal Therapy: Part VII
Guide and coach parents to use natural developmental patterns of audition, speech, language, cognition, and communication.
I think the key word here is expectations. Parents need to understand that children follow a developmental sequence with regards to language, cognition, and speech. The child needs to continue on that developmental path. We can't skip steps. We can certainly move through them more quickly, and we hope to catch them up to their peers, but there are no shortcuts.
Another key concept is hearing age. We have to take into account how long the child has been hearing. AN important thing to understand is that listening and speech develop together - not separately. This article is my favorite reference for further discussion on these important concepts.