AUDITORY VERBAL TRAINING - WORKSHOPS - CONSULTATIONS
For more than 40 years,
Ellen Rhoades has served as a highly experienced Auditory Verbal
practitioner, director, supervisor, trainer, coordinator, mentor, and
consultant. She currently specializes in mentoring and training
professionals to become LSLS Certified Auditory Verbal Therapists. You can
bring Ellen Rhoades to your community for instructional seminars, training
workshops, program evaluations, or agency/family consultations. We invite
you to browse these pages and consider whether the Auditory Verbal approach
is appropriate for you and the children you serve.
Auditory Verbal Practice...
Practice is proven to be a highly viable communication option for children with
significant hearing loss. All over the world, these children have been learning
how to hear, listen and speak. With cochlear implants and/or digital hearing
aids, Auditory Verbal therapy has become the communication option of choice for
the overwhelming majority of parents who have children with hearing loss. This
is so, regardless of whether the children are hard of hearing or profoundly
Aside from having
established and directed four different Auditory Verbal programs for families
and their children with hearing loss, this consultant conducted and published
the first longitudinal study demonstrating the viability of Auditory Verbal
therapy. This study, involving 40 children and their families, demonstrated that
deaf children could learn to understand and use spoken language at rates similar
to those of typically hearing children. These children were successfully
mainstreamed into the fabric of their respective communities and schools.
there is no need for children to be functionally deaf or delayed in language or
literacy skills. Today, with all the hearing technology available to us,
implementing Auditory Verbal practice should be the first option for our
children. Today, we have the power to bring the Auditory Verbal approach
to all of our clinics, school programs, and university training programs.
Today, we can make the Auditory Verbal communication option accessible to
every parent who prefers that their children with hearing loss become an
integral part of our typically hearing and speaking communities.
Take advantage of
the opportunity to learn how to implement Auditory Verbal practice at your
location, whether it be your own home or educational/clinical program.
fast-track Auditory Verbal program based on this consultant’s
Developmental AVT "road map" for infants, preschoolers, elementary
school aged kids.
newly implanted teens and adults how to use their newfound hearing.
Develop a telephone training program based on the Auditory Verbal
Implement successfully proven Auditory Verbal activities based on
sound objectives, strategies, and techniques.
Incorporate the concept of accountability based on this consultant’s
language assessment protocol.
Enable deaf children to develop "a listening attitude" that permits
auditory-only speech discrimination scores of at least 70%-80%.
Integrate hearing into deaf children’s personalities so that their
rate of language development is accelerated, thereby becoming
linguistically competent at a level commensurate with their
typically hearing peers.
Just what is this Auditory Verbal communication option?
It is integrating
hearing into the child’s personality so that the child becomes assimilated into
our respective communities. It is promoting full inclusion of our children into
their regular neighborhood school programs, from infancy across adolescence. It
is both embracing and fostering a lifestyle that enables children, in spite of
their deafness, to achieve their rightful places in our society. It is a means
by which children with significant hearing loss are taught how to hear, how to
listen, how to understand the language of their typically hearing parents, and
how to effectively speak that same language. It is an approach enabling us to
ensure that all of our children with hearing loss attain their birthright to
spoken language and literacy. It is developing effective partnerships between
practitioners and parents as well as strengthening the family unit.
It is more than a
method or a bunch of techniques and strategies. Auditory Verbal practice
significantly alters the concept and practice of schools and classroom programs
for deaf children as they’ve existed for the past 150 years. The deaf child no
longer need be relegated to a world of silence and illiteracy.
Click here to hear a message from Ellen about the
AUDITORY VERBAL PRACTICE
defined by Ellen A. Rhoades, EdS, LSLS Cert. AVT:
systematic empirically-based positive family-centered, child-driven,
objective-oriented intervention that is constructed on a naturalistic
cognitively-oriented auditory comprehension-based developmental model.
© 1999-2013, Ellen A. Rhoades, EdS, LSLS Cert. AVT