Thursday, August 9, 2012

Auditory Verbal Therapy: Part 3

Auditory Verbal Therapy: Part III

Principle III
Guide and coach parents to help their child use hearing as the primary sensory modality in developing spoken language without the use of sign language or emphasis on lipreading.

This might be a therapist or a mom, but whoever it is they are doing it right!  She knows to talk next to but not in front of the child.  She is optimizing listening and inhibiting visual cues.

Guiding, coaching and teaching parents is a big deal.  In fact, my experience with AVT has really helped me realize the power of empowering parents in any type of therapy. Who knows the child the best?  Who spends the most time with them?  Who wants what is best for them?  Who has hopes and dreams for this child?  The PARENTS.  Therefore they are the center of AVT.  When the parents feel knowledgeable and confident, the child's is more successful and the parents no longer feel like helpless bystanders.  The importance of this is reflected in the fact that principles 4-8 also revolve around coaching the parents.

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