Auditory Verbal Therapy: Part V
Guide and coach parents to create environments that support listening for the acquisition of spoken language throughout the child's daily activities.
Dishwashers are loud. So are air conditioners and fans and fish tanks and lights and washing machines. A house can be a loud and distracting place, especially for a child with a hearing loss. They need to hear conversations happening around them in order to learn language, and background noise makes that so much more difficult. Therefore a big part of AV therapy is educating parents to be more aware of the noises that surround them and convince them how important it is to reduce it as much as possible. Run the dishwasher at night. Same with the dryer and washer. If your lights hum (like the ones in my kitchen - so obnoxious) then just leave them off. Classrooms are a totally different story but most teachers are open to trying whatever they can to help the classroom be a quieter place. After all, it improves learning for all children, not just the ones with hearing loss (Nelson, Soli 2000).